Now that we’ve all experienced the interstellar wonder that is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s been nice seeing and hearing about all the things that might have been. Case in point: a couple of alternate concept designs for Nebula were recently revealed, giving us a clue to what the evil baldy might have looked like had Gunn & Co. gone a different direction. And I gotta say, I think I like these versions more than the one that Karen Gillan sported in the final film. Though, admittedly, I would have been completely on board if Gillan had just worn a burlap sack with the words “blue skin” written on it; actually, I might have liked that one best of all.
The concept art comes courtesy of Marvel concept designer Andy Park, who released the images through his Twitter account. He’s the same guy who painted the previously seen concept art from a few weeks back. Apparently Marvel is letting him go wild on what he can show people, and it’s a wonder why he isn’t bringing his own original projects to the world at large.
Below you can see another Nebula design, and one that he says focuses “less on sexy and more on ‘can kick your a$$.'” So I’m guessing that means nobody else besides me has a cyborg eye fetish? That’s fine.
Not that anything was wrong with the way Gillan looked in the film, but both of these images hint at a character whose look speaks far louder that the film’s bland exposition. Remember how she looked?
I know she wasn’t a “main” character, but her relationship with Gamora should have been fleshed out further. Here’s one of Park’s takes on Gamora’s look, with Nebula standing idly by.
Park also recently unveiled some art he did for Guardians when the film was first being put into motion. I’m not sure this version of Drax would serve so easily as someone for whom metaphors are a challenge, but it’s still a mighty gorgeous piece that deserves a place on the walls of a decapitated god’s head floating around in space.
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 15, 2014
What do you guys think? Do Nebula and Gamora look better in the final film or in the images above? If your answer is “I Am Groot,” then you’re automatically disqualified.