There are two looks for Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe between the Guardians of the Galaxy films and Avengers: Infinity War. There’s the mask and then there’s the look without the mask. But then, whoever would want to cover up Chris Pratt’s face? Either way, it’s part of the design, and as is the case with some of the adaptations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they are, for the most part, accurate with their comic counterparts. Although Hawkeye could use a bit more purple in his outfit, but that’s just me.
Concept artist Charlie Wen, who is also the head and co-founder of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, has posted a fair bit of concept art every now and then, showcasing original designs at the conceptual level for character looks prior to bringing them to life on the big screen. On his Instagram, he’s been sharing a few pieces of artwork showing concept art of Star-Lord’s design in the Guardians of the Galaxy film, but his most recent one is closer to Peter Quill’s design, but ultimately did not make it into the finalized film. Here, have a look:
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#guardiansofthegalaxy —What StarLord almost looked like!! I created this StarLord design option to show how we could possibly pull off a version that’s closer to his comicbook origins. Although I have more affinity toward my other version used for the film (shared a couple posts ago), this one embraces the comicbook look much more. Going with this look, though, could have presented some major issues that I won’t go into here. * * * * #marvel #marvelstudios #mcu #avengers4 #starlord #rocket #scifi #spaceopera #painting #conceptart #design #costumedesign #characterdesign #comicbookmovie #epic #raccoon #visualstory #visualstorytelling #gamora @prattprattpratt @jamesgunn
As stated in the post accompanying the photo, Charlie Wen crated this to show that it’s indeed possible to create a comic accurate Star-Lord and bring that to life in a Guardians of the Galaxy film. Though at the same time, Wen also acknowledged that he has a greater fondness for other versions used in the movie, even though the photo above more accurately pulls from Star-Lord’s comic book roots.
For comparison’s sake, here’s another image of Star-Lord that accompanied the announcement of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film at San Diego Comic-Con, as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige requested an image to accompany the announcement:
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The Guardians of the Galaxy announcement poster @guardiansofthegalaxy !!! @kevfeige tasked me with the responsibility of leading the look and feel of a new franchise that no one had ever heard of (unless you’re a true comic 🤓). Truly one of the more humbling and challenging experiences in my time at Marvel, but it was also one of the most rewarding. I spent most of the time on establishing tone, and assembling an awesome and bigger Visual Development team for this film— lots to design and figure out! This was my painting used for Marvel’s first announcement of the film at ComicCon. I was in London still wrapping up Thor: the Dark World, when @kevfeige requested for a Guardians intro image for ComicCon. I think I had the weekend to come up with this marketing image, so not a lot of time to do many iterations or options. It was months before we actually started preproduction or hired on our incredibly talented director @jamesgunn, who later steered the new franchise. * * * * #guardiansofthegalaxy #marvel #marvelstudios #spaceopera #starwars #scifi #superhero #mcu #groot #drax #starlord #rocket #announcement #gamora #comiccon #picoftheday #poster #team #avengers4 @jamesgunn @imcharliewen @davebautista @prattprattpratt @vindiesel @zoesaldana @kevfeige @latchamj
Though it’s concept art, it is interesting to get a glimpse at what might have been for Peter Quill’s design in the MCU. Given what we have gotten in the Guardians of the Galaxy film and Avengers: Infinity War, what do you think of Star-Lord’s actual appearance thus far? And given how Star-Lord was ultimately dusted by Thanos at the end of Infinity War, perhaps he’ll return with a more comic-accurate look when he returns in Avengers 4? Who knows? Let us know what you think of Peter Quill’s conceptual design in the comments below.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. The film is available now on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.