By Marc Strom
|Hulk SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art poster by Charlie Wen|
Fans who attended Comic-Con International 2010 will remember the free “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” posters handed out at the Marvel Booth featuring art by Wen and Meinerding, respectively. This time, to celebrate next year’s release of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Meinerding and Wen have joined forces to create a series of interlocking posters spotlighting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
|"Marvel's The Avengers" SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen and Andy Park|
“I went to the School for Industrial Design, and then worked for a little bit in video games and came out to California and went to Art Center for illustration,” recounts Meinerding. “I worked a little bit more in video games and then I got a break working for Iain McCaig at his concept design studio. So I worked on a few small films and got lucky enough to work with that same group initially on John Carter with Jon Favreau. Then when that project folded a lot of those same guys transitioned straight onto ‘Iron Man.’ I’ve been at Marvel ever since.”
|Thor SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art poster by Charlie Wen|
“I designed the Mark I for ‘Iron Man,’” the artist recalls. “I worked on Iron Monger with Adi [Granov]. In ‘Iron Man 2’ it was just me and Adi working on things so mostly everything in that movie is a split between us design-wise. I did the Suitcase Suit. Beyond that Charlie did most of the design work on ‘Thor,’ [though] I did do a few things for Odin. Most recently I designed the costume for Cap.”
|Hawkeye SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art poster by Charlie Wen|
|SDCC 2011 Iron Man poster by Ryan Meinerding|
“Working on Cap was very fun for me. I didn’t actually work on Cap’s costume, that was Ryan. I was mostly focused on the HYDRA side of things. I started off with Red Skull’s costume. Ryan had already done the face of Red Skull, [so] once [the film’s producers] were happy with the costume we had a direction for the rest of HYDRA. I think my favorite thing on Cap that I designed was probably some of the HYDRA helmets and Red Skull costumes.”
|SDCC 2011 Captain America poster by Ryan Meinerding|
“In the past when I’ve worked on Marvel movies, like on the Iron Man stuff, we were all about grounding it in reality and trying to make it look like it functions,” elaborates Meinerding. “The reality of most of that stuff is that it’s going to be CG and we know that they can fake it. When it comes to stuff that’s actually made in the costume department, [‘Captain America: The First Avenger’] was my first experience with going to fittings and seeing how it looks on Chris [Evans] and making adjustments.
|Black Widow SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art poster by Ryan Meinerding|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. SDCC 2011 exclusive concept art poster by Andy Park|
“Iron Man was about trying to pick out the emotional beats. This was the big emotional beat from ‘Iron Man’ and this was the emotional beat from ‘Iron Man 2,’ and [we wanted to show where] he’s coming into Avengers.”
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more from Ryan Meinerding and Charlie Wen in the coming days!