Early Guardians of the Galaxy Drax Concept Art Reveals a Cyborg Design

Dave Bautista's Drax has quickly become a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan-favorite character since his debut in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy but he nearly had a much different look.

Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Andy Park posted an early piece of concept art he did of the character for the 2014 film on his Instagram account. In an effort to differentiate the character's resemblance to the God of War video game franchise's Kratos, who was designed by then-Head of Visual Development Charlie Wen, concept art envisions a version of Drax that is cybernetically enhanced.

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Eventually, filmmaker James Gunn went with what would become the final design by Justin Sweet, with the character returning in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War and this year's Avengers: Endgame.

Park would later return to work on the character and property in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 before continuing as a concept artist on Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and The Wasp and the upcoming Captain Marvel.

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While the MCU would feature a Drax closer to his comic book design, the unused concept art provides an early look at what could have been.

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