New Behind-The-Scenes Look At Various Alien Makeup Designs In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Including a word or two from Guardians of the Galaxy's special FX makeup artist and the head of Altered States FX, hit the jump and check out photos of many alien prosthetics for the new Marvel film!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/8/2014
“James [Gunn] always pushed for practical and makeup effects,” said Guardians of the Galaxy special effects makeup designer, Dave White, of character designs in the Marvel film. “He wanted, like me, to see the real deal there on set.” White, who previously sculpted the look of Red Skull in Captain America and later designed creatures in Thor: The Dark World, worked with Gunn to create the looks for Gamora, Drax, Nebula, Yondu, Korath, and several aliens in Guardians of the Galaxy. “I’ve been fortunate to have been around the Marvel world for a little while,” he enthused to Co.Create. “I like to think my own artwork and style has worked well within the universe. James had very specific ideas and I would give an interpretation of what I thought would work. Ultimately, it’s down to what the director wants to see: He needs to go through that process of testing ideas to see how they read in the world he wants to create.” He continued, “There is a retro hint in the [Guardians] designs. I was very careful not to use modern creature design influences that could have fallen short in the unique world Gunn had envisioned.” Take a scroll down and get a look at some of the practical designs. Many thanks to GuardtheGalaxy!












Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014
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Laconic - 8/8/2014, 9:02 AM
Both the practical effects team and the CGI teams did a great job.
Tuuralihn - 8/8/2014, 9:04 AM
The practical FX on this was so damn great. And this was by the same person who did Red Skull in Cap1? So why did Red Skull looks so absolute shit? Red Skulls.. red skull.. brought the whole movie down a few pegs.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/8/2014, 9:04 AM
Really cool. They could went the Lucas route (post the original trilogy) and cgied everything which would have looked like shit.
DrKinsolving - 8/8/2014, 9:05 AM
This movie was [frick]ing awesome. Good story and a Great time at the theatre
MexicanSuperman - 8/8/2014, 9:06 AM
These are awesome, but most of the aliens looked like humans with crappy paint painted on them.
MexicanSuperman - 8/8/2014, 9:09 AM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939, you do know that the prequels had more practical effects than the originals combined? You should look it up.
McGee - 8/8/2014, 9:09 AM
.......I was a little offended by the racist comments they made about the A'askvarii race. Implying that they were not sexually desirable. Come on guys. It's 2014.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/8/2014, 9:10 AM
i think the makeup effects were great..definitely more humanoid aliens which is fine..i hope in the sequels we see more different kindsof aliens aswell
Superior - 8/8/2014, 9:10 AM
I love the use of practical effects in science fiction films, especially this one. White did an amazing job. Loved the movie.
Maven - 8/8/2014, 9:10 AM
This film had some of the laziest designs... I mean, though a nitpick, it did bother me throughout.
Jollem - 8/8/2014, 9:11 AM
cool stuff. and yeah, some of the aliens look like they took the "star trek" route and gave a human some bumps and paint job. there was a reason for that which they explained in the next generation, i believe
BatManiac - 8/8/2014, 9:11 AM
The practical FX in this movie are outstanding!
EzioKenway1225 - 8/8/2014, 9:12 AM
plus i think they kind of have to make up their own aliens because they dont own the badoon...they dont own the skrulls eiher and i dont think they own the SHI'AR aswell
Maven - 8/8/2014, 9:13 AM
Michael Rooker was playing every other Michael Rooker role but with blue skin.

CaptShipwreck - 8/8/2014, 9:13 AM
That's really cool looking stuff, sorry to those that can't enjoy anything
aRandomSinisterClone - 8/8/2014, 9:14 AM
everyone sleeping 2gether on the floor like dogs was brilliant.
Marvel1997 - 8/8/2014, 9:18 AM
@Tuuralihn- Maybe Hugo was b*tching too much about the process Loool
MexicanSuperman - 8/8/2014, 9:18 AM
@EzioKenway1225, I don't have a problem with humanoid aliens, just make them look awesome like the aliens shown in this article.

kevberg - 8/8/2014, 9:18 AM
Yeah That kinda pissed me off--Guardians was great ...but Rooker...Yondu as some kinda hick was atrocious .

Really pissed on Yondu.

Rooker playing Rooker..sorry hes not that charismatic that i wanna see him do the same thing over and over.
MexicanSuperman - 8/8/2014, 9:19 AM
@aRandomSinisterClone, haha yea.

EzioKenway1225 - 8/8/2014, 9:19 AM
the star trek kind of look for the aliens is good because Gunn wanted it to be more retro
Marvel1997 - 8/8/2014, 9:19 AM
And it seems like Quill has a thing for Pink ladies lool
kinghulk - 8/8/2014, 9:19 AM
loved the practical effects in this film but i would like to see some more cgi aliens as well. like maybe some insect looking aliens.
kevberg - 8/8/2014, 9:20 AM
As an example..other than the whistling..how different was he from Merle?

it was Merle with blue skin. great.


Phronesis - 8/8/2014, 9:20 AM
Gamora's design is still bland. Especially when you look at the effort put into these amazing designs.
NovaCorpsFan - 8/8/2014, 9:21 AM
There were two CGI aliens really. There was one four-legged thing wandering around in the Kyln and there was the big blue dude who got nostrilled by Groot.
kinghulk - 8/8/2014, 9:22 AM
kevberg- although i agree Yondu was nothing at all like the comics which was a bit disappointing, i personally loved rooker's performance. also keep in mind the role was written for rooker, before yondu wasent even in the film but gunn wrote him a part after seeing rookers audition (i think he auditioned for star lord)
EzioKenway1225 - 8/8/2014, 9:22 AM
yeah.. the two reasons Gunn said he wanted Yondu in the film is because he Wanted a role for Rooker in the film and he loves Yondus whistle arrow in the comics so he wanted in the film..he acknowledged that Yondu was different from the comics..i dig this version of Yondu
Marvel1997 - 8/8/2014, 9:23 AM
Is it just me or does Zoe look 100x better in Green?
EzioKenway1225 - 8/8/2014, 9:24 AM
kinghulk-rooker didnt audition for star lord.. he was gonna be Korath becasue he was still on Walking dead but when he WAS killed off..Gunn gave him Yondu
kinghulk - 8/8/2014, 9:27 AM
ezio- thanks i knew he auditioned for someone i just didnt know who.
SuperCat - 8/8/2014, 9:28 AM
Love the movie. But I have to agree with @Maven. Why would Yondu have a southern accent?
kevberg - 8/8/2014, 9:29 AM
sorry , I just believe Yondu visually is awesome and they marginalized Yondu so badly...it was terrible.

and Great Rooker is in it...But if Rooker so awesome why can't he play something other than the same old sh@t .


I think Mallrats was the only time he played a different type of character. and that was ..well....Mallrats.


I still love the movie, but you'd think a character like Yondu would be handled with care if Marvel wanted to build up their library for the movies. He s not a list, but as far as Guardians, hes a stand out character at least.
Nomadic1 - 8/8/2014, 9:33 AM
@Kevberg Would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?
RetroFit - 8/8/2014, 9:36 AM
This movie had a ton of practical effects that were awesome. They look real because they ARE real. But there was also an army of CGI artists. Looked like it was about 1500 of them in the credits. Their work was incredible and perfectly seamless. This movie NAILED it for me and is my favourite Marvel movie to date, however Cap 2 is still the best in quality for me. GOTG was just so much damn fun! Avengers looks silly by comparison in most parts now! Gunn took it to a new level and I look forward to see how Whedon steps it up for Avengers 2 (which I expect to blow us all away).
Demongod20 - 8/8/2014, 9:40 AM
@ Tuuralihn

What the hell are you talking about Red Skull looked great.

SnapperCarr - 8/8/2014, 9:40 AM
Too many humanoid aliens. And Yondu has to become less of a hillbilly and more heroic in the sequel.
pintoman - 8/8/2014, 9:46 AM
The movie was designed to feel like an 80's film in more ways than one. So it makes sense that the alien designs would reflect films of that era and of course Trek.

All of Marvel's films since Iron Man have had a late 70's and early 80's feel. It's interesting that the economic dump of 2008 harkens back to the energy or gas crisis back then.

Marvel has made some great entertaining films and has really brought back that era I remember with comics, 7-11 plastic Marvel cups, Marvel school book covers and Marvel stickers. I think Hulk had one that said "Green Power".

Awesomesauce.
ALmazing - 8/8/2014, 9:49 AM
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/8/2014, 9:52 AM
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