Andy Park, Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor and Concept Artist, today posted to Instagram a set of sample concept art from the earliest days of planning for the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. Park’s art shows a Star-Lord much closer to his comic book origins than that which was eventually portrayed by Chris Pratt.
Park’s Star-Lord is garbed in brown and blue armor and sports a fully enclosed helmet with a genuine space blaster at his side. It’s not a far cry from the dark red leather jacket and only semi-enclosed helmet from the big screen, but the differences are notable.
The comic book version of Star-Lord has seen numerous iterations since his introduction in 2004’s “Thanos” #8, but, prior to the 2014 release of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, one of the character’s most consistent visual traits was his heavy armor helmet, equally equipped for battle and surviving in the harsh vacuum of space. As of the film’s release, Star-Lord’s armor in the comic books was revised to match with his cinematic incarnation.
If nothing else, Park’s Instagram post is an interesting examination of how comic book characters are adapted to the big screen and the iterations they go through.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a production of Marvel Studios directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. The film hits theaters on May 5.
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