Marvel Studios Concept Artist On Designing NICK FURY And S.H.I.E.L.D. In THE AVENGERS

Andy Park, concept artist on Thor, Captain America:TFA, The Avengers and the upcoming Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World talks about crafting the look of S.H.I.E.D. Commander Nick Fury.

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By Mark Julian - 9/18/2012


Marvel's talking about designing each and every key character in Marvel's The Avengers as we count down to the Sept. 25th release date for Marvel's The Avengers. Previously, we've heard from concept artist on the look of Thor, Loki and Black Widow. Today, we look at Nick Fury, who was designed by Andy Park.



On whether he used the modern look in Marvel's comic books as a reference-
Andy Park: We always look back at the comics and see the integrations that have been shown through the years for every character. We also look at the Ultimates and Marvel Universe, and then run with that. The iconic look for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are the straps along with the dark blue uniforms. We try to tread that line of being a military officer with a little bit more comic-book twist.

On differentiating Maria Hill from Nick Fury and Black Widow-
Andy Park: Maria’s costume was the only one we designed as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Basically, we took that look and also made her look more intimidating since she is an officer. Hers is almost a cat suit as well, though not as much as Scarlett [Johansson’s]. We just tried to translate that so it has a similar look, but more flattering for the feminine form.


Nick Fury Concept Art by Andy Park.

Maria Hill Concept Art by Andy Park.



The Avengers is an American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.

The Avengers was released in the United States on May 4, 2012 in 2D and 3D.







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Jollem - 9/18/2012, 7:05 AM
...sam jackson kicks ass
IgnurRant - 9/18/2012, 7:10 AM
Black Fury >>>>>>> White Fury
tripttwe - 9/18/2012, 7:11 AM
Well, well, welllll!!!! Speak of the Devil! I was just talking about this in the Terry Crews as Luke Cage pic. You can all thank Alex Ross for this. I still need a picture though...
ATrueHero1987 - 9/18/2012, 7:15 AM
One more week until The Avengers is released on Blu Ray. Until then, I'm going to start breaking things and causing riots until I get my copy...lol
MilitaryStormtrooper - 9/18/2012, 7:19 AM
1 week to avengers DVD woooooooo
GoILL - 9/18/2012, 7:24 AM
Picking up my pre-ordered copy next week, not sure if I will leave them in the standard case or the steelbook.
QuanZen - 9/18/2012, 7:26 AM
@DAFIRG your telling me you'd rather have David Hasselhoff, than Samuel L. Jackson? LMFAO
CharlesLord - 9/18/2012, 7:30 AM
Firg the reason they used black fury was because when Marvel asked to use his likeness in Ultimates, he got them to agree to give him the role if they ever used him in a movie
PsyGuy - 9/18/2012, 7:34 AM
Sorry. black fury IS Fury now.
MrChuff - 9/18/2012, 7:43 AM
Seriously, who is responsible for this and other similar Photoshop stools?
It's just...phucking awful.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Bo4d-qMcUyI/UAMmWvk2rqI/AAAAAAAAA1U/xdOSvY_2PYo/s640/Banner_Avengers_Phase+One_version1.png
GLprime2814 - 9/18/2012, 8:01 AM
Wish they would have put fury in one of the shield uniforms and just add the jacket.
Jolt17 - 9/18/2012, 8:04 AM
They're all in The Art of Marvel's The Avengers, I believe. Cool stuffs, still.
superotherside - 9/18/2012, 8:07 AM
I like how they did the new Fury in 616, it not only make sense but also leaves the door open for white Nick Fury to appear in the MCU. Read Battle Scars if you think you don't like the new Nick Fury. It really a great book. Great concept art as well. :)
NostalgicYouth - 9/18/2012, 8:21 AM
That pose Nick Fury has is "Fierce!!"
bluedude - 9/18/2012, 8:55 AM
DAFIRG ya i dont know i dont like it when they do that people dont just magically change race
bluedude - 9/18/2012, 8:55 AM
man agent colbie looks hooooowt there
bluedude - 9/18/2012, 9:06 AM
if you think nick fury is lame you should read secret warriors night
Moakynubs - 9/18/2012, 9:09 AM
Black Fury is based off of Sam Jackson.. And he's a major character in a famous story. "We need to cast somebody as Nick Fury!" "Hey, we based Black Nick Fury off of Sam Jackson, Let's get him!"

That's how it happened.
siggisuperman - 9/18/2012, 9:22 AM
I think Samuel L is very open minded and not scared about doing something that hasn't been done before. I think they chose to go with African American Fury, because Samuel L jackson was committed enough to make this happen. And remember he was the first character implicating a bigger universe.
jimpinto24 - 9/18/2012, 9:39 AM
They did a good job with their outfits.
GIFfreyGinsberg - 9/18/2012, 9:46 AM
I really like that Maria Hill concept. Faithful to the source and believable.
MrChuff - 9/18/2012, 10:18 AM
"Dire"... the film was in dire need....
fortycals - 9/18/2012, 10:24 AM
Nick Fury is the coolest dude through out comic history. If some one can name me one actor thats cooler than SLJ, I'll say that they deserved the part more. Initially I was against trading a characters race, but every time, from kingpin to hiemdall, after watching, I couldnt think of anybody else doing a better job. So now I have a big wait and see attitude.
comicstocode - 9/18/2012, 11:07 AM
YESSS. starscream, Yess. I dig it. @Psyboy Your attitude stinks.
comicstocode - 9/18/2012, 11:09 AM
They just hired 2000's Shaft to play Fury. That's all I see. Sorry.
Fogs - 9/18/2012, 12:02 PM
@FIRG - cause SLJ kicks ass and it would be strange for him to go tropic thunder in reverse.
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 9/18/2012, 2:03 PM
why does fury look like he just farted and cant hold back his laugh ???
Thor86 - 9/19/2012, 8:32 AM
Firg is a racist
Thor86 - 9/19/2012, 8:36 AM
Matter fact half the people on this thread are racist
tripttwe - 9/19/2012, 10:31 AM
I don't think half are racists. I don't even think 5% are racists here. I think people have a connection with a character they love, and it throws them for a loop when changes are made, big or small. I remember when Terry was made into a white guy in Spawn for demographics sake. I was thrown for a loop, and I think it took a lot away, but I don't think it was racism that made me not like the change. My two cents...
Scarilian - 9/20/2012, 6:20 PM
No offence but unless they put Nick Fury then there would be zero 'black' guys in this film. Giving a 'black' person one of the pivotal roles in the film stops them being sued for being racist and promotes gender equality

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