Though many felt it didn't live up to the standards set by its predecessor, Avengers: Age of Ultron did contain some impressive visual sequences. Given the amount of effects that went into the movie, a significant amount of planning had to go into these FX-heavy sequences to get them to look just right.
Conceptual artist Philippe Gaulier recently updated his official website with some of the concept art that he worked on for Age of Ultron. This allows fans to see just how well the sequences changed from concept to the big screen.
Gaulier was involved in the film at two different points, giving him the opportunity to shape the visual direction of the film. During pre-production, he assisted with the early conceptualization of the Sokovia sequences. Later, in post-production, he worked on both the Avengers training facility visuals and the vision of Earth's destruction.
This isn't Gaulier's first time working with Marvel Studios. He also produced concept art for Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, three films that likely required a significant amount of concept work, given the extensive effects they required. Outside of Marvel, Gaulier's credits include Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II and more.
Concept art can be fascinating, especially when it's as detailed as Gaulier's work is. In the case of these new images, it's even more interesting because some of the shots from early pre-production include pictures of what the set locations looked like before construction of the final sets began. It's not often that you get to see what locations look like before filming begins and get to compare that to the final version that appears on the screen. It really gives you an appreciation for Gaulier's work to see how his art influenced this transformation.
According to IMDB, Gaulier is currently working with Marvel on Doctor Strange. It will be interesting to see how he interprets the character and iconic settings from the comics, helping to bring them to life on the screen. With any luck, he'll update his gallery with concept art from that film at some point in the future as well.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand.
Source: Philippe Gaulier