BURBANK, CA — Walt Disney Studios invited select members of the press for what was billed as an open house for Marvel Studios. The blockbuster Disney division has taken over a few floors in the Frank G. Wells building on the Disney lot and, unbeknownst to many, it’s been re-decorated with concept art, costumes, and props that show the history of the company.
There were a number of interesting revelations regarding films such as Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” and Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” during the 90-minute tour, but during one stop, concept art for “Ant-Man And The Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” were on display. Yes, “Captain Marvel,” the highly anticipated solo feature that has booked Oscar-winner Brie Larson to play Carol Danvers, the captain in question, but still has no director despite its announced March 8, 2019, release date.
There are rumors that Larson will appear as Marvel, expected to be one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the only item that could even remotely make that potentially true was what we saw propped up on a wall, in the center of everything so there was no way we’d miss it. There were two pieces of concept art. The first featured a full-size costume that used Larson as a guide, and the second image found Captain Marvel, in the same costume, fighting some sort of large green robot and powering up her left hand with energy.
The journalists on hand were told there had been no physical version of this costume made, but it looked from the rendering that that would be the next step. Surprisingly, the rendering looked a lot like a fan rendering embedded here.
– The shade of blue, red and gold in this photo are pretty close to what we saw, although it might have been a slightly darker blue.
– Marvel’s signature gold-star symbol was prominent in the center of her chest, although slightly smaller than here. Also, it seemed to be a raised fixture in the costume.
– It featured a raised color as featured in some version of her costume in the comics.
– There was no sash. Instead, there was a belt that seemed similar to Captain America’s, although slightly less bulky. In all honestly, it was the most “MCU” version of the costume and it was a bit too predictable. Moreover, she’s freaking Captain Marvel! She doesn’t need it.
– The boots were very similar to this drawing. They were slightly thick and practical instead of for show.
– The gloves were the same length as in this picture, but a thicker material.
– This image uses thin lines to delineate where the uniform was sewn together (again, similar to Captain America). This was even more prominent in the concept art we were shown.
– There were a few other zippers in the uniform, but only if you looked very closely. Even mentioning it here makes it seem more prominent than it was.
Lastly, this production art featured Danvers with no mask and short-ish hair (think Black Widow from “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”). Danvers has often been drawn in the comic book with an up-do or with her hair long over her shoulders, so this is a slight change, but we expect this could be modified before production (of either ‘Infinity War’ or her solo movie).
Most importantly, it should be noted that with no director on board, a lot can change even if Captain Marvel does appear in the next “Avengers” movie. For instance, concept art for the Black Panther showed a slightly modified costume Coogler requested that was slightly slicker and less bulky than what the Russos envisioned for the character in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Additionally, updated costumes for both Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) in production art form were on display. Most noticeably, both headpieces have been updated from the ’60s technology Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) used in the first “Ant-Man” movie. The Wasp’s costume also does not have a skirt like the one her mother wore in flashbacks and is yellow-gold and black as opposed to Ant-Man’s red-and-black suit.
“Ant-Man And The Wasp” opens July 6, 2018. “Captain Marvel” currently has a March 8, 2019, release date.