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

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.

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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