An artist for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just revealed a super-detailed early design for Star-Lord and Gamora in the sequel. Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana reprised their roles to continue the complicated relationship between the two heroes, referred to as an “unspoken thing” in Vol. 2. Each of them also emerged with slightly updated looks to their outfits in the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

The art department for Vol. 2 was able to take advantage of knowing which actors to render for each of the characters when putting together their new concept designs for the sequel. A newly released design, apparently from early on in the production, shows how close the artists for Vol. 2 were able to come to realizing the finished product.

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Concept artist Andy Park posted an early concept for Star-Lord and Gamora to his Twitter account on Saturday. You can check out the designs below. The outfits for both characters are not exact, but impressively close to the costume designs that ended up in the final cut of Vol. 2. Star-Lord is donning his new jacket while Gamora is rocking her updated black leather outfit. Park’s caption refers to the “unspoken thing” between Star-Lord and Gamora, a general theme that applies to their relationship, as well as most of the sequel’s other major relationships between certain characters.

Park has worked in various art roles for Marvel Studios since being an illustrator for 2011’s Thor. He also illustrated for the first Guardians of the Galaxy before working his way up to visual development supervisor for Vol. 2. He was also involved in upcoming MCU releases like Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The look and feel of the MCU going back to Thor has in part developed from Park’s concepts as a member of many art teams. He also worked on all three Captain America movies, the first two Avengers installments, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange. Marvel Studios’ continued success has led to the same for Park; this early design for Vol. 2 shows his immense talent and why the studio has valued his work since he began working on the MCU.

Of course, Park had the benefit of working off Pratt and Saldana’s likeness, which helped these early concepts for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 look so spot-on. Other early Star-Lord designs by Park are sketchier than designs like this one, and even earlier Vol. 2 concepts look completely different. But this newly released Star-Lord and Gamora concept art is still a fine example of the incredible level of detail that has gone into Park’s work throughout his time with Marvel Studios.

Next: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Gets a Retro Infomercial

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