With all of Marvel’s movie releases being pushed back due to the coronavirus (we are getting WandaVision on Disney+ this year, though!), fans are hungry for any MCU-related news or behind the scenes peeks they can get. And Marvel concept art is the gift that keeps on giving because there’s just so much of it to discover.
In the past several months, we’ve been treated to looks at an alternative Loki costume design, a closer view of Iron Man’s Shotgun suit, unused art for an Iron Man 2 costume, a different villain design for Dormammu in Doctor Strange and more.
Today’s pieces of art – yes, plural – come courtesy of Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, a name that should be familiar to MCU fans. Meinerding’s Instagram account provides fans with a plethora of unused concept pieces that gives us a small look at the extensive creative process these epic movies entail.
Meinerding’s three most recent posts focus on fan-favorite Captain America and scenes from Captain America: Civil War. The first one shows an early mockup of Chris Evans in Cap’s scale mail suit for Avengers: Endgame. The scale design element harkens back to the hero’s early days in the 1940s, so that’s a fun touch for fans to see!
The next two ideas come from Captain America: Civil War. One piece, an unused concept for a Comic-Con poster, was inspired by the epic airport battle where Team Iron Man sparred with Team Cap. As you can see, there’s a lot going on in this design! The artist commented in the caption, “Group fight scenes are always challenging but rewarding.” Indeed, it looks like that, especially in the close-up views of individual characters like Black Panther, Black Widow and Ant-Man.
The other image Meinerding posted was just as dramatic, capturing Bucky’s attempt to tear Iron Man’s arc reactor from his body during the characters’ final fight. The amount of detail Meinerding incorporated is very impressive, as close-up frames show. Check it out below:
While we love getting a behind the scenes look at the creative process from movies past, we can’t wait to see what Phase 4 of the MCU will bring!