Marvel fans might find it hard to imagine Zoe Saldana’s Gamora without her colored hair and bright green skin, but at some point Guardians of the Galaxy’s creative team had an entirely different look for Thanos’ favorite daughter.
Marvel concept artists Charlie Wen just recently took to Instagram to share some of the early designs that she made for Gamora that didn’t make it to the big screen. In the images that Wen posted on her social media account, fans get to see the Guardian of the Galaxy taking on a more metallic and cyborg-like look that would remind many of the character’s sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Super early #guardiansofthegalaxy Gamora concept I created posted by Looper first ? More images on their link! #Repost @looperhq with @get_repost ・・・ This is what Gamora almost looked liked in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies! We spoke with @imcharliewen (Marvel Studios x-Head of Visual Development and co-Creator of KRATOS from God of War) to discuss how he created Gamora. Wen told us, "This was a design that Kevin Feige was very interested in for Gamora. But it was ultimately more difficult to pull off the intricate tech on her face than it was worth." Hit the link in our bio to view more of these exciting Gamora images, including never-before-seen concept art! __________________________________________ #Gamora #ConceptArt #MarvelConceptArt #guardiansofthegalaxy #guardiansofthegalaxyvol2 #zoesaldana #GamoraConceptArt #Guardiansofthegalaxyconceptart #thanos #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #MarvelArt #Comicbooks #Disney #Infinitywar #Avengers #avengers4 #AvengersInfinityWar #thanos #marvelcinematicuniverse #TheMCU
A post shared by Charlie Wen (@imcharliewen) on Nov 29, 2018 at 12:47pm PST
While Gamora’s simpler look makes her more relatable in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this design looks more ethereal and would have definitely been interesting to see on the big screen. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also liked the design Wen made for the character, unfortunately pulling off the look on the big screen was more difficult than expected.
“This was a design that Kevin Feige was interested in for Gamora. But it was ultimately more difficult to pull off the intricate tech on her face than it was worth,” reads the caption on the post.
Maybe Marvel’s make-up artists could have pulled it off, but it would have probably taken the team hours worth of preparation, something that would have either slowed down the production of the Guardians movies or caused great trouble for Saldana. Christopher Eccleston who played Malekith the Accursed couldn’t help but complain about his role because of the four hours of make-up it took every single time he had to film his part.
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