THE AVENGERS: Alternate Designs For The Helicarrier & Iron Man Mark VII Armor

THE AVENGERS: Alternate Designs For The Helicarrier & Iron Man Mark VII Armor

Conceptual artist, Phil Saunders, has uploaded a lot of his artistic contributions to Marvel's summer blockbuster, The Avengers. The collection includes alternate designs for Iron Man's Mark VII armor and the Helicarrier. Hit the jump to check them out!


"Below are the initial 3 sketches I did early on before we knew what the Mk 7 should be. The first was actually a revision of a design I had been thinking of initially for Iron Man 2 before ultimately choosing another project. It was a lighter, more streamlined version of what had come before, trying to integrate a flowing theme wrapping around the "RT" on the chest and mirroring that fast line through the body. This was more of the evolutionary design, and ultimately was approved pretty much immediately as a starting point for the Mk 7." - Phil Saunders

"The next design was playing around with the stance of the suit toward more of a brawler attitude, somewhat beefier and less aircraft-like." - Phil Saunders

"Lastly was a more extreme departure, trying to create a very different silhouette, sort of the Stark Industries answer to a more heavily militarized suit like War Machine, but drawing from Air Force form language instead of Army." - Phil Saunders



"Before working on the Mk 7 suit with the Visual Development team, I was initially brought into the Art Department to work on the Helicarrier. While ultimately the Production Designer James Chinlund's direction was pursued by Nathan Schroeder to the version you see on screen, I was tasked with providing some alternative approaches. Below is a sampling of some initial sketches pursuing a combination of naval and stealth-inspired forms. In a more radical departure from the concept of 'Heli-' carrier I was exploring some form of vertical jet engine clusters to lift the massive hull rather than the traditional ducted fans." - Phil Saunders



Marvel's The Avengers picks up when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. And Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. With director Joss Whedon at it's helm, and an ensemble cast including Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Clark Gregg (Agt. Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), with Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig).

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drcomicbook - 1/23/2013, 9:36 AM
the first 2 iron man armors look like extermis armors while the 3rd one looks like a shrunken down hulk buster armor
Ha1frican - 1/23/2013, 9:37 AM
Im glad they went with the designs they did...
Minato - 1/23/2013, 9:37 AM
I like the designs they had in the movie but for alternates I would pick the first Ironman suit and the 3rd from bottom helicarrier design.
GodzillaKart - 1/23/2013, 9:39 AM
I kinda like the beefier designs for the armor.
Happy11 - 1/23/2013, 9:43 AM
I liked the third iron man suit as well but on paper is different than on the screen.
FirstAvenger - 1/23/2013, 9:45 AM
Pretty cool.
Marqy - 1/23/2013, 9:48 AM
I like the moe sleek design of the helicarrier and the armors ... like happy said, its different on screen BUT I would like them to finally change the helmet a little ... the current design is is the same since Mark II and honestly its getting a little too repetitive
ForeverPowerful - 1/23/2013, 9:48 AM
Glad they went with what they did. Probably my favorite suit so far. Hellicarrier was awesome, cant wait to see it again.
BigDamnHero - 1/23/2013, 9:50 AM
I like the chunky looking armour. Looks awesome.
SauronsBANE - 1/23/2013, 9:53 AM
if they made the helicarrier without the fans, wonder how much different that repair scene would've been in the movie. Would Iron Man and Cap have been repairing one of the jets? Maybe something completely different would've happened? I still like the design from the movie though. And Tony's armor that looks kind of like the Air Force version of War Machine is absolutely great! Would love to see something like that in the future.
jessepostal - 1/23/2013, 10:01 AM
Id spend all my money on laser shooting nipples.
DukeAcureds - 1/23/2013, 10:15 AM
Just watched this film again. Literally, the credits are still rolling. What a thoroughly satisfying film. The spoils of last year's cbms are the gifts that just keep giving. TDKR gets better with each viewing. And to soften the blow of TDKRs leftfield ending we have Dark Knight Returns. What a good year.
Honestly, Avengers was so satisfying that I really don't care if any of Phase is awesome or shite. I'm already pleased.
DukeAcureds - 1/23/2013, 10:16 AM
*Phase 2
Jollem - 1/23/2013, 10:19 AM
i think the first pic looks better than the suit in the movie. they all look better than the mark vanilla coke
GUNSMITH - 1/23/2013, 10:22 AM
CharacterAssassin - 1/23/2013, 10:37 AM
Wouldn't have mattered because all their designs are awesome...
Fogs - 1/23/2013, 11:28 AM
Love the IM armor designs, specially the 3rd, looks badass!
HRDWYR - 1/23/2013, 11:41 AM
Both teams are wrong & the color scheme is already perfect - GO NINERS!!! heh heh
DanteSparda - 1/23/2013, 11:56 AM

Nice ones!

And talking about new suits I hope we would get to see the Bleeding Edge Armor with all it's functions in Iron Man 4:

StSharp - 1/23/2013, 12:08 PM
I thought that the silver parts on the Avengers suit were lame and just lazy...really off if you saw the whole thing. They were just placed on random spots.Like they wanted a new suit but didnt want to stray away from the classic look so they just colored some parts grey! LOL
Durf - 1/23/2013, 12:14 PM
I like the final designs, but these are pretty cool too.

@Jollem: lol @mark vanilla coke

@batz: dude those are pretty badass

@everyone: All about the cheese! Go Pack, Go!
jimoakley666 - 1/23/2013, 12:54 PM
The sixth Helicarrier image is ace.
TheMadman - 1/23/2013, 2:22 PM
Last Iron Man design would've been sick.
pointman - 1/23/2013, 2:49 PM
Love the second to last Hellicarrier. I think the nose would have been awesome on it. The last Iron Man design gets my vote.
Alvahnomicron - 1/23/2013, 3:01 PM
I do really wish they'd go out on a riskier limb in making the movie armors different from one another. They all look crazy similar to one another except for paint apps and circle vs triangle ARC housing/ Unibeam emitters. The briefcase armor was an AMAZING design.

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