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Early ‘Black Panther’ Concept Artist Shares His Minimalist Design For T’Challa’s Costume

In the world of film production, the art design can become an arduous task to undertake for the creative teams involved. However, it’s all worth it to work towards a final product that is both practical and visually striking. Jerad S. Marantz was one of Marvel’s Concept artists on Black Panther and his social media presence has allowed him to share different, minimalist designs of T’Challa’s costume with the curious moviegoing public.

 

While working under the supervision and guidance of Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinerding, Marantz and other members of the creative team were able to create a necessary practical foundation for the use of Black Panther’s suit.

 

 

The artist expanded on the experimental and practical design of the Black Panther mask only having half of T’Challa’s face covered.

 

“This pass was about using very minimal armor and really just seeing what we could do with fabric alone. The director wanted to see this option,” wrote Marantz in his Instagram post. “In the early days of the comic black panther had a half mask briefly. Always an honor to work with the team over at #marvel and I am so excited that the movie is getting acclaim it deserves,” he continued.

 

 

These artistic iterations give a scope of the effort put into the world building of the film. The elements that were incorporated into the set designs would bring context to the way each Wakandan should look, including the Black Panther. The suit itself not only served a purpose of utility but to intimidate foes and impress moviegoers with its sleek design.

 

The half-mask look was an interesting idea, but definitely would have reminded viewers of a certain Dark Knight of Gotham City. Director Ryan Coogler had expressed that it wasn’t his intention to create just another Batman, which is why he decided against giving T’Challa a cape like his father  had donned in the comicbooks. However, concept artist Andy Park did create a design for T’Chaka with his cape intact and posted it on Twitter for all to witness.

 

 

The final version of the suit was definitely more subtle of a design, allowing for the everyday wearing of the suit’s necklace, for example, to feel less clunky. The artist specified that this was his exploration with fabric on its own. One has to wonder whether or not the costume’s design will be expanded upon with each film featuring the Black Panther. Will the new looks still maintain the subtlety of the previous iterations? Only time will tell.

 

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