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'The Avengers' Concept Art, Character Designs and Much More

How do you make a blockbuster movie like 'The Avengers?' We take a look at some of the amazing art that went into making the film.

Over the weekend the movie held the #1 spot at the box office for the third week in a row this past weekend; that's great news for them, but really bad news for Battleship, the movie based on the Hasbro board game. Battleship, which was expected to gross somewhere between $35 and $40 million dollars over the weekend, brought in only 25.3 domestically -- not a good sign for a movie that cost well over $200 to produce and market. Meanwhile, The Avengers held the top spot at #1 falling only 47% from the previous week with $55.1 million. This means that this monster of a film has totaled about $1.18 billion worldwide. But what does it take to make a movie like The Avengers? We can't give all the credit to Joss Whedon (even if he did approve everything we saw in the final product); you see, there's a whole lot of work and a lot of other creative minds involved to get to the final product.

To make a movie like The Avengers, there is a lot of work that needs to happen behind the scenes -- a lot that audiences may not even realize. The vision for so many of those action scenes we saw had to come from somewhere; so if you ever wondered "how did they make that scene crazy scene," or "how did they come up with those amazing costumes," well, we've got your answer. The credit for the detail that went into making the movie goes to the many artists that designed everything from costumes, to weapons, to the backgrounds and even the overall layout of the film. And while the end result is absolutely amazing, it's also a hell of a lot of fun seeing how so many creative minds got to that point.

Below we have a tremendous gallery of images from background designs to character costumes, to weapons for you to feast your eyes on. We've separated the galleries by artist and linked to their respective personal pages. Some of these guys, like Josh Nizzi and Justin Sweet have even worked in comics before -- which is pretty cool.

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Senior Concept Illustrator Raj Rihal illustrated many of the backgrounds seen in The Avengers. Below is background concept art of everything from scenes of Star Tower, to moments on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. Can you identify all the scenes?

Concept artist Josh Nizzi designed the chariots that the Chitauri used to hover across New York City in the film's final scene. Do any of these images remind you of moments you saw in the movie?

Artist Justin Sweet was responsible for designing the Chitauri themselves. Here we get to see a lot of the designs for these villains that didn't make it into the film. Is there one design in particular that you feel would have been better for the Chitauri, or do you like the one they chose for the film?

Concept artist Fabian Lacey developed the design for Hawkeye, his arrows as well as Iron Man's "arc reactor." The result is the sleek, stylish design we saw for Hawkeye in the film.

Clearly, The Avengers is the gift that just keeps on giving. We got an amazing movie, and now we get a peek at some really breathtaking concept art for the film. What do you think of this, though? Do you recognize each background? Can you identify the scenes where they are from? What do you think of some of the concept art that didn't make it into the film?

Source: Variety, i09

Edited by difficlus

Sweet!! Hawkeye's bow and arrow equipment and the helicarrier interior designs are pretty sleek.

Posted by Comiclove5

All this looks gorgeous.

Posted by SolarCenturion

I love how Hawkeye's system of selecting arrow tips was incorporated into the movie. We've been told about the system in comics but the movie is the first time, I think, that I've seen it in action.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

They are absolutely amazing!

Posted by SpidermanWins

@Comiclove5 said:

All this looks gorgeous.

Edited by SeanNOLA

Hawkeye's quiver was easily the coolest thing in the whole movie. Much cooler than the old Marvel Universe diagram!

Posted by Mercy_

@SolarCenturion said:

I love how Hawkeye's system of selecting arrow tips was incorporated into the movie. We've been told about the system in comics but the movie is the first time, I think, that I've seen it in action.

Same here! I thought that was such an awesome little touch.

Posted by Mirelink

Really nice pics, i like it :D

Posted by Crimsonlord53

Nice great look at the behind the scene stuff.

Posted by deadpool25mm

Amazing stuff here! I love Hawkeyes Bow and Arrows!

Posted by LordRequiem

The heavily armoured Chitauri images would have been a bit more imposing. But the designs they had were fine.

Posted by TheHeat

The  Chitauri designs look really good. They should have used some of them in the movie.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Awesome stuff

Posted by VioletPhoenix

I didn' know Stryfe could've made it into the movie! Where you at baby boy?

Posted by sora_thekey

I think that Hawkeye's quiver was probably the best fictional weapon in the whole movie... I was wondering how they were going to pull off the trick arrows and they did something better than awesome!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The Hawkeye Quiver and the Chitauri and their vehicles FTW here. These really are great and offer wonderful insight into the creative process behind this beast of a movie!

Posted by xanthiss

I believe that Justin Sweet did concept art for the Green Lantern film as well. He is awesome.

Posted by Deadcool

I want an Artbook....

Posted by Psykhophear

I'm loss for words. Those are some amazing concept arts. Guess all the hard work paid off.

Posted by doomsilver

I agree Hawkeye had a really sweet bow and arrow.

Posted by thechessclub

@Deadcool said:

I want an Artbook....

There's like..NO chance they won't make one=P

Posted by IcePrince_X

just coming fresh from a film making workshop... i have nothing but respect to the people behind the scene and making the magic happen to all of us.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@sora_thekey: I thought so too! I usually can't stand Hawkeye and trick arrows. I used to find them really lame, but this movie did the impossible and made them really cool!

Posted by THEBlaqueBasterd

@VioletPhoenix: LOOOOOOL thought i was the only one that picked up on that.. shiiittt nowonder they dint use it.. sonys triflin asses woulda probly sued em!!!

Posted by QuantomMan

The Helicarrier interior concepts were so cool.

Best thing though was Hawkeye's quiver. Obviously, way cooler in actual action in the movie.

It was the coolest thing that the wheels at the bottom just rotated and attached the arrowhead that he wanted (selecting from his bow's handle) and then it just attached itself to "blank" arrow.

I feel it's more believable for that approach rather than having all the arrows pre made and then Hawkeye, Green Arrow, etc just knowing exactly where that arrow is in the quiver.

Edited by THEBlaqueBasterd

how much u wana bet one of the chitauri glider cycles are gonna make an appearance in the new S.H.I.E.L.D. movie after Hawkeyes done abit of tinkering/modifying to deal with its "banking issues" ..this'll probly be the MCU's version of 'Hawkeyes Sky-Cycle'...if so.. sweeeeeeeeeeeeetttt

Posted by Webjaker

I wish this scene had come to fruition - I would have Loved to see how Hawkeye could stand up to the other Avengers.

Posted by SlamAdams

@SeanNOLA said:

Hawkeye's quiver was easily the coolest thing in the whole movie. Much cooler than the old Marvel Universe diagram!

Oh shit! I never heard of it before the movie. Thats pretty cool.

Posted by VioletPhoenix

@THEBlaqueBasterd: hahaha or Fox studios. He'd make a hell of a villain though

Posted by KidSupreme

All i gotta say is.. WOW!