Beyond the opening moments of the film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set exclusively in places that are not Earth. None of them really exist. The prospect of rendering these multiple worlds, settings, creatures, and vehicles must be simultaneously exhilarating and daunting. As a result of this otherworldliness, teams of artists worked feverishly to bring these places and sets to life, and because of that, we’ve seen an absolute ton of incredible concept art emerge after the fact. And now there’s more, with these latest images focusing primarily on the ships and crafts you see in the movie.
The filmmakers had decades worth of comic books to look to for inspiration, but even within that realm, there is so much to choose from, and there have been so many different incarnations of many of these places and vessels over the years that there is a lot to sort through. We saw just how many different approaches you could take with those artist’s renderings of the Collector’s museum on Knowhere. And these latest pieces to see the light of day, from Atomhawk Design, are no exception to this rule.
Here’s what they have to say about these pieces:
Atomhawk spent over a year working closely with the Marvel team on the action-packed space adventure, leveraging our expertise to design and create some of the film’s iconic visuals. We’re delighted to see how those concepts have come to life in such a successful film – Guardians of the Galaxy has now grossed $612m worldwide.
Four members of our concept team were involved in the project, designing spacecraft, key locations and key action shots. For us, the highlights of working on the film included the creation of the Milano spacecraft, the Kiln Prison and Knowhere, the floating celestial head.
As in the film itself, Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) ride, the Milano (named after his childhood crush, Alyssa Milano) and Ronan the Accuser’s (Lee Pace) Dark Astor, figure prominently into this collection, but you get so much more than just that. There are also glimpses of the notorious prison the Kyln, Yondu’s ship, more of the Collector’s joint, other Kree Necrocraft, and even Knowhere, among others.
Guardians of the Galaxy is still going strong, topping the $645 million mark worldwide, and it hasn’t left the top ten weekly box office domestically since it appeared on the scene on August 1, which is certainly an impressive feat in this day of fickle movie going audiences. The film hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 9 (November 18 for those who are more digitally inclined). We can’t wait to see what the bonus features include, but one will reportedly be an advanced look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, so you have that to look forward to.