‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Alternate Designs for Nebula and Gamora

Published 1 month ago by , Updated August 26th, 2014 at 11:43 pm,

Unused Guardians of the Galaxy Nebula and Gamora Art Guardians of the Galaxy: Alternate Designs for Nebula and Gamora

Three weeks into its release, Marvel’s newest superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy is still #1 at the box office, having earned $253 million domestically in just 25 days. The space opera currently ranks as the third highest grossing movie of 2014, only behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Lego Movie.

Part of the movie’s appeal can be said to come from its writing, which alternates between humor, action and drama with ease. But more than likely, a lot of it has to do with the movie’s heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax. Yet one really can’t forget the villains of the movie, including Thanos, Ronan the Accuser and Gamora’s sister Nebula, played by former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan.

Nebul, in particular comes across as a crazy badass warrior, whose terrible past has left her bitter and empty. Just as in the comics, she has a cybernetic left eye and left arm, which she ends up losing to save herself in the movie. Still, the character is pretty restrained compared to what she could have been, according to unused designs from Marvel concept artist Andy Park:

As you can see, Nebula was originally conceived with more of a grunge and cyberbunk look than a simply robotic one. In the first piece of concept art, she has some kind of electronic dreads going on and an ear-piece. In contrast, the second concept focuses on making the character sexier and more seductive with a more revealing look. Meanwhile, the last one looks a lot more like the Nebula we saw in the movie, even though she’s posed like a general going to war.

Park was also nice enough to share two more pieces showcasing how similar looks for Nebula and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) could allow the characters to play off each other:

Ultimately, the decision as to which concept art to use must have come down to what Marvel and director James Gunn had in mind for the movie. The version of Nebula and Gamora they ended up choosing shows the characters’ differences more than their similarities. In the movie, Nebula has more of a cold, robotic look that means business, while Gamora maintained a more sensual and human-like appearance.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Which concept art do you think Marvel should have used instead? Or do you like the look that was used in the movie?

Guardians of theGalaxy is in theaters now.

Source: Andy Park (via CinemaBlend)

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  1. Looks pretty awesome!

  2. Anyone think gina carano shouldve been gamora?

    • Guess she’d make a good she hulk.

      • More like She Hulk’s Mom or something.

    • zoe was perfect casting, gina is way too big for gamora.

    • She would have looked closer, yes.
      But there’s the great debate regarding the casting of a pre-established character.
      Do you want someone who looks the part but can’t act as well?
      Or someone who can play the part well, but doesn’t quite look the part?
      It varies on the character.
      But in Gamora’s case she’s a more complex character deserving of an actress who can play the part well.
      And Karen Gillan knocked it out of the park as Nebula. Her “I’ll help you destroy a thousand planets.” Line was in the top 10 for me.

      • oh so complex *rolls eyes*

        • Not.

    • She would have been a good cast, as well as Lynn Collins, Sienna Guillory, and a few others. The last picture above nailed it, it is how I envisioned her manifestation on the big screen. Alas, one of the caveats of being an avid, long time comic reader is what we conjure up in our minds of our favorite characters, is subject to assault/degradation upon the ensuing neglect of canon by movie studio writers/directors.

      • if only studios made 200 million dollar movies for the “avid, long time comic reader”…(shrug)

        • I understand that the “avid, long time comic reader” can be a pandora’s box subject for the vast remaining audience, however, it is not meant to be, especially since I think that I am more in the minority these daze, ha ha. Allow me to clarify: I should think that a studio would see that what was canon, has a tendency to be tried by fire, tempered and tested and if nothing else, a feasible foundation. Building upon a good foundation is fundamental. Now mind, you, this is quite subjective, so take it with a grain of salt, but look at what some variations to cannon has wrought per the Fantastic Four & Spidey reboot. Why interject variables when you don’t have to? I have often found that when analyzing a system, constants are easier to work with than variables.

    • No.

  3. I’m hoping we get to explore both characters in depth during Guardians 2. That would be awesome.

  4. So much better than what we saw in the movie. Why does such stuff always pass by and sh*ttier design wins?

  5. Can’t see a thing ! :(
    Those Twitter links never work !
    Dear Screenrant staff,it would be nice if u guys could post those screens in the article !
    Some parts of the world are not able to access Twitter or Facebook !

    • Use a proxy.

  6. “which she ends up losing to save herself in the movie.” …really? Thanks for the spoiler alert guys…

    • Spoiler alert
      We are groot.

    • No, she loses it in the Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude tie-in comic, P.S. go see the movie already.

  7. Wow they looked like.. THE SH*T.
    too bad… especially because of the final version of Gamora.

  8. Andy Park is a top notch artist

  9. Those are terrible paintings of Gamora. One of the most iconic looking female characters, and this guy has no idea what she looks like?? “Before she had to be green”…wtf, she’s never NOT been green. I don’t understand how this movie can get almost everything so right, but be so far off the mark with Gamora, her look, face, hair, demeanor, totally wrong. And this concept art is even worse. And Zoe was a terrible choice.

    • “One of the most iconic female characters.”

      What?! Where does all that come from? Before this movie, Gamora was virtually a NOBODY. Not even close to being iconic.

  10. Seems opinion is rather divided compared to the final looks. There was no way either comic version of Gamora would have passed the test for this film even though it would have been great to see the fishnet version worked in. Whatever the focus groups chose, if that was the filter used to make the final designs on the costume.

  11. But the raccoon stayed. Oy.