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Vacation Plans Set: Jurassic World Needs Extras for Louisiana Shoot All Summer Long

Seriously, I’m buying my tickets now.

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And So It Begins

Marvel’s Assembling a Universe Gives Us Our First Look at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

Instead of Agents of SHIELD, last night ABC aired an hour long special Assembling a Universe, that provided updates from producers and directors on the direction and planning at work in the production of Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ve collected some of the concept art and screenshots (from Edgar Wright’s secret proof-of-concept short for the Ant-Man movie) here, including the first depictions of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the first mutants to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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old gods do new jobs

Unused Concept Art Shows Thor 2 Almost Introduced Valkyrie

Concept Artist Josh Nizzi shared a number of unused art he produced for Thor: The Dark World, and among them are three progress shots of Valkyrie, or at the very least, a Valkyrie. While Vaklyrie is a superhero with a long history in the Marvel universe, and many incarnations within mortal women, she first appeared as about as literal a straw feminist as you can get: an pawn of the Enchantress created to divide the Avengers along gender lines by encouraging the Wasp, Medusa, Black Widow, and Scarlet Witch to embrace women’s lib. In retrospect, I assumed the issue would be kind of painful to read, but it turns out there’s no better response than laughter to the existence of a comic in which someone smashes through a window and yells “UP AGAINST THE WALL, MALE CHAUVINIST PIG” at the Hulk. That’s a line that’s really lost on any color of Hulk except perhaps this one.

It’s a pity Valkyrie (or a Valkyrie, or the Valkyries, I’m not picky) didn’t get her debut in The Dark World, but really the movie had enough on its plate already. Maybe next time. You can find two more pieces of concept art, including one with her winged horse Aragorn, at Nizzi’s page.

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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

Here’s a Bunch of Concept Art From the American-Set Akira to Remind You That Someone Thought it Was a Good Idea

Yeah, you’d just managed to forget that Warner Bros. was developing a live action Akira movie removed entirely from its context of postwar, post-nuclear horror Japan and set instead in New York with white American actors in the leading roles. Now that you’ve remembered, you might as well feed that anger this concept art.

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There And Back Again

This Hobbit Concept Art Will Make Your Hometown Look Really Boring

I would absolutely want to live in Middle Earth. I mean, sure you have orcs and goblins and a force of ultimate evil or two. And perhaps worse than all of that: No internet. But also: Hobbit holes. Picturesque woods and mountains. Hobbit holes. Cities built around waterfalls. Hobbit holes!

This concept art for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, by John Howe and Alan Lee, serves as an excellent reminder of how beautiful it is over there. Meanwhile my city has dog poo and trash-filled gutters in abundance. *sigh*

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eye candy

Need Something Pretty to Look At? Try This Concept Art from Snow White

We’re loving the strong jaw on this Evil Queen. More behind the jump!

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eye candy

Want to See What Book 2 of Legend of Korra Will Look Like?

Ice. Just… ice. Everywhere.

Nah, I’m just kidding. The Korra panel at San Diego Comic Con was a treasure trove of character concept art as well. Come look at all this lovely art with us. Cosplayers, this is your bread and butter.

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Today in Depressing

Conceptual Star Wars Artist Ralph McQuarrie Passes Away

Legendary conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie has passed away at the age of 82. He’s responsible for helping George Lucas get Star Wars made with his conceptual designs of many of the characters and setting. McQuarrie went on to design for Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Back to the Future, Cocoon, Total Recall, and the original Battlestar Galactica series. Take a look at some of his amazing works of art. 

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i'll just leave this here

Concept Art For Portal 2

Above are some alternate designs for Chell in Portal 2, which have been leaked online along with some designs for robots and covers for the game. Want to see more? There are robots holding hands …

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