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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An early concept design I did of Drax on the first Guardians of the Galaxy. @imcharliewen was leading our Visual Development team back then on this film (go check out his very cool alternate Drax designs!) & we were trying to figure out how to set Drax apart from the obvious Kratos (God of War) resemblance he had in his comic book look. There was no set script yet so we were open to explore these characters. Maybe Drax could be biologically enhanced making him a more perfect warrior. That’s part of the fun of concept designing- imagining up the story behind the story. And btw the final approved design was done by the amazing @justinjsweet ! #drax #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel #marvelstudios #conceptart #characterdesign #costumedesign #alien #illustration #그림 #일러스트 #일러스트레이터 #그림스타그램 #hero
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.
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.