The Avengers: S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier & Quinjet Concept Art

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Along with Captain America: The First Avenger a few weeks back came our first look at The Avengers through a special post-credits sequence the studios call a "button." Fans of the Marvel Studios movies should be familiar with these teasers that hint at what's still to come and he Marvel movies this year were of no exception.

The Avengers footage briefly introduced us to the roster of heroes and some of the settings of the film, most notably the infamous S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from the comics which Joss Whedon and co. are making sure to adapt into live-action for the film franchise. We got a brief glimpse of what it and the smaller Quinjet fighters it holds look like through The Avengers character posters that released during Comic-Con and now we have concept art that matches the designs.

On the personal website of Michael Meyers, a design visualization artist, there are several galleries of conceptual art he's done for films for big budget blockbuster films. In the 'Vehicle' section of the website, there contains a variety of goodies, showing off designs of vehicles used in Transformers: Dark of the Moon as well as new designs for G.I. Joe 2 and The Avengers.

These include basic sketches for the Helicarrier which perfectly matche what is confirmed by the official poster art, as well as several images of the Quinjet, a vehicle Joe Quesada confirmed would be in the movie in early July.

Take a look and see what new rides The Avengers and the SHIELD organization get to play with:

[Images removed by request of the artist]

Both designs follow the essentials from the various incarnations of the vehicles in the books. The Quinjet is a smaller, faster fighter jet, capable of carrying several passengers and appears regularly in the Avengers Marvel comics. The same can be said for the SHIELD Helicarrier whose design in the film is very close to that of the Ultimates version of the airship which depicts a sleeker, aircraft carrier design with four main engines for flight. See below for reference (click to enlarge).

Ultimates SHIELD Helicarrier

To see what the inside of the Helicarrier looks like, check out the stills we pulled from The Avengers footage. Are you pysched to see Marvel Studios bringing to live the fictional vehicles of the comic universe?

Seeing artwork is one thing, but how will the real thing compare the recent images and video of Batman's new flying ride (Batwing?) in The Dark Knight Rises?

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.


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Source: Michael Meyers (via CBM)

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