|Iron Man concept art by Adi Granov|
As I watched the Man of Steel trailer, I thought about how far the superhero movie genre has grown since 2008. That was the year Marvel launched Phase One of its Cinematic Universe, with Iron Man and then The Incredible Hulk. Of course, Thor, Iron Man 2, and Captain America: The First Avenger followed, and the rest, as they say, is history. 2012's Marvel's The Avengers accomplished the impossible by featuring all four of the studio's main heroes and breaking box office records in the process.
Keep reading for more about what made Marvel's movies as great as they were (and will be).
|The Incredible Hulk (2008) concept art by Aaron Sims|
|Iron Man 2 (2010) concept art by Ryan Meinerding|
|Thor (2011) concept art by Charlie Wen|
|Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) concept art by Ryan Meinerding|
|Marvel's The Avengers (2012) concept art by Ryan Meinerding - click to enlarge|
It must have been extremely challenging for the artists to stay true to the basic look of the characters and at the same time give them a believable, modern interpretation. I've included a few examples of the concept art here, but check out io9 to learn more about how Marvel brought its comic book heroes to life.
Whaddya think of this Marvel movie concept art? Is there anything in the movies that you think stood out as excellent design, or maybe was lacking something important?
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