While some MCU fans may be content with simply watching the films, others need a little bit more. That's where art books come in. In 2010, two years after the release of the first MCU movie: Iron Man, Marvel released the first art book in what became the Art Of series. Since then, every single MCU film has gotten an extensive Art Of book filled with concept art, production designs, interviews, commentary, storyboards, and more.
The books come in stunning slipcases and look great displayed on a shelf, once you've thoroughly inspected every single page. If you're thinking about buying one of these yourself, here are the top ten MCU art books to help you decide.
10 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING - THE ART OF THE MOVIE
Aptly designed to look like a yearbook, Spider-Man: Homecoming – The Art of the Movie is a wonderful book that any fan of the web-crawler will appreciate. Featuring concept art for characters, gadgets, vehicles, and environments, as well as production designs and storyboards, this art book is an excellent companion for anyone who wants to go behind the scenes of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The book also has Peter’s scenes from Captain America: Civil War, which is cool since they were missing from the Civil War art book. It’s fun, colorful, and whimsical, just the way a Spidey book is supposed to be.
9 MARVEL'S CAPTAIN MARVEL: THE ART OF THE MOVIE
Captain Marvel is finally here, certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and killing it at the box office. MCU’s first female-led film was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2019 and it did not disappoint. Brie Larson is absolutely fantastic, as well as Lashana Lynch, Samuel L. Jackson, and the rest of the supporting cast. But we all know that the true star of the show was Reggie, aka Goose the Cat.
Unfortunately, Marvel’s Captain Marvel: The Art of the Movie doesn’t feature much about Goose or Flerken. However, it does contain concept art of a Pulp Fiction-inspired Nick Fury, as well as heaps of other stunning concept art for characters, costumes, vehicles, and environments, plus informative write-ups.
8 MARVEL'S ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: THE ART OF THE MOVIE
The 240-page Art of Ant-Man and The Wasp art book is no small matter – pun most certainly intended. The book contains tons of concept art, including alternate costume designs that didn’t make it into the film, pages of full-color concept art of various locations, production designs and exclusive behind-the-scenes secrets.
The front of the book looks like a Pym Technologies file, while the back has stunning fragments of the Quantum Realm coming in from the left side. Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp: The Art Of The Movie is a must-have for any fan of Marvel’s two tiny heroes.
7 MARVEL'S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: THE ART OF THE MOVIE SLIPCASE
In the second Avengers film, we finally got to see the infamous Hulkbuster armor in all of its glory on the big screen and it was all we could have ever hoped for. If you loved the design of the armor we saw in the film, then you’ll love seeing all the different iterations that didn’t make the cut. Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Art of the Movie features a surprising amount of concept art for characters like Ultron, Vision, and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor.
On top of that, the book contains environment and props concept art, as well as storyboards with commentary for most pieces. With over 300 pages, this is one of MCU’s best art books.
6 THE ART OF IRON MAN (10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may be a giant today, but back in 2008, there wasn’t a Universe to speak of. Jon Favreau’s 2008 Iron Man film launched the MCU we know and love today.
If you’re a fan of Iron Man, and you most definitely should be, then this awesome art book is perfect for you. The Art of Iron Man allows you to follow the movie’s artistic evolution, from initial concept art through the design process, all the way up to the final on-screen look. Packed with exclusive content, the art book features everything you need to know about the making of the first MCU film.
5 MARVEL'S THOR: RAGNAROK - THE ART OF THE MOVIE
Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stands out form the rest of Marvel Cinematic Universe in many different aspects, but mostly it stands out due to its particular aesthetic. Inspired by the work of Jack Kirby, Waititi made a Thor film that embraces the artist’s trademark prismatic style.
If you want an exclusive look at the art and designs behind Thor: Ragnarok, we suggest you check out the incredible Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok – The Art of the Movie. Featuring exclusive concept art, behind-the-scenes photos, and interviews with the cast and crew, this 240-page art book provides all the insider details you need to know about Thor: Ragnarok.
4 MARVEL'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - THE ART OF THE MOVIE
Avengers: Infinity War is, thus far, Marvel’s greatest cinematic achievement. The film featured almost every single hero that appeared in the MCU movies building up to Infinity War – that’s 28 heroes, together with eight villains, and a few supporting characters. For a closer and more in-depth look at the many Infinity War characters, check out Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie.
The book is packed with exclusive concept art for characters and set designs, as well as production stills and interviews with the filmmakers. The downside is, heroes like Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Black Panther and Wakanda are somewhat neglected.
3 MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR: THE ART OF THE MOVIE
Just like all of the books in Marvel’s Art Of series, The Art of Captain America: Civil War comes in a slipcover. The cover features Captain America pushing his shield against Iron Man, while the book cover comes with the two in hand-to-hand combat, and the back shows the two teams facing off.
In this 272-page art book, you get to see tons of alternate character designs, environment art, and storyboards with the commentary from the staff. The action scenes look awesome spread over two pages, and the commentary is insightful and worth the read. The only qualm is the lack of Spider-Man concept art, but they were probably holding off on that until Spider-Man: Homecoming.
2 MARVEL'S BLACK PANTHER: THE ART OF THE MOVIE
The only MCU movie to get a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, alongside with other six Academy Award nominations, Black Panther is one of the most iconic and relevant Marvel films. Ryan Coogler’s critical and commercial success proved that superhero films can be about so much more than just superheroes.
If you feel like celebrating the enormous success of Black Panther, and you want to go behind the scenes and discover the gorgeous world of Wakanda, you should check out Black Panther: The Art of the Movie. The art is breathtaking, and there’s extensive commentary detailing the inspiration for the look of the film, the costumes, everything.
1 AVENGERS: THE ART OF MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS
A lot was riding on the success of Marvel’s first Avengers film. Fortunately, Joss Whedon, together with an amazing cast and crew, made a movie that truly brought the world of comic books to the big screen. Avengers became the highest grossing movie of 2012 and stands as a fan-favorite MCU film to this date.
If you’d like to know more about Joss Whedon’s Avengers, then Avengers: The Art of Marvel’s Avengers is what you need. This stunning art book features concept art, extensive and informative writeups, as well as a foldout timeline of the MCU chronicling the events leading up to the Avengers. Avengers was a crucial film for the MCU, and this book is just as crucial for MCU fans.
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