[Update: Check out the larger gallery of Marvel Phase 2 art here!]
Iron Man 3 had a steady stream of conceptual art leak online, revealing many of the Iron Legion armor suits under Tony Stark's command, but despite Thor: The Dark World releasing later this year, Captain America: The Winder Soldier beginning production and Guardians of the Galaxy shooting late summer, no such imagery has surfaced from the other Phase Two films.
That changes today with the release of the Phase One box set, featuring the home video Blu-ray releases of every Marvel Studios film released to date, headlined by The Avengers. In it is a preview for the next Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the timing of first-look artwork for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy couldn't be better.
From left to right: Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (looks like an Ent from middle-earth), the dual-wielding Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Racoon and the sword-wielding Gamora. Thanks to GeekZenith, we have three more pieces of production art for Guardians of the Galaxy:
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The grid lights in the Tron-esque room similar to that of the map room from Prometheus, and it seems to be a scene involving Star-Lord in an area of ruins, or a projection of such an area. The other two feature large starships flying in beautiful alien, yet Earthly, skies, and a few of the Guardians sitting over a table in a bar. That image looks as if it were art for the infamous Cantina scene in Star Wars, except we hope Star-Lord shoots first in this instance. An interesting observation to note is that Drax has a rather different design in this art, compared to the first reveal of his character design. In the art from Comic-Con up top, Drax sports a vest and his skin looked as if it were stitched together thin plated armor, reminiscent of Frankenstein, since he is a dead man re-purposed as a weapon. In this image however, he's embracing the Marvel Comics design, more muscular, topless, and covered in red tattoos.
Who are the other characters? Is that blue lady Nebula?
The fourth image is the first released art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the first look at Bucky in the modern era, bionic arm, long hair and all. Movie art couldn't be more faithful to the comics:
Does Steve Rogers carry his shield around in public while wearing normal clothes? For moviegoers who don't know about "The Winter Soldier," he's Cap's best friend Bucky who seemingly fell to his death in The First Avenger. In the books however, he was picked up by the Soviets, who fixed up his body (not his amnesia though) and turned him into an elite assassin, awakening him from cryostatis every few years for important missions, hence his modern youthfulness. He has history with Black Widow and that will be explored in the film.
Bonus: Watch part of the Phase 2 Preview featured on The Avengers box set:
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes which art is your favorite!