Monday, December 21, 2009

A Past Blast...

Several years ago (beginng of 2007) I was hired by Marvel/Lionsgate to be the  character designer for their new direct-to-video adaptation of the Ultimate X-Men Vs. The Ultimate Avengers (or something like that).  This was after my stint designing the first and second Ultimate Avengers DTVs and after I didn't make the grade on designing  for Young Avengers or New Avengers or whatever they were called. I spent quite a few weeks  (paid weeks) doing quite a bit of work on these designs. They were HEAVILY influenced by the comics - I guess they still weren't interested in my own style - and so if you recognize some of the faces, costumes and even some of the poses there's a good reason for that. The UXM Vs the UA was supposed to be only half of the DTV and the other half was going to be a Thor adaptation.

The project was scrapped and replaced with the the Hulk Vs DTVs. We thought they might eventually re-greenlight it, but that obviously never happened. I don't know if it had anything to do with the more mature angle that was intended (as evidenced by the Pietro and Wanda realtionship) or if they didn't think there was a big enough audience for this project or maybe there was another reason altogether...

I recently found them on an old hard drive and thought they held up pretty decently. I started posting some of them at and thought I should post them here as well...consider it a Holiday treat.

I'll try and post more images soon and I might even post some of the Thor images that were intended for the second half of the project as well....


Francesco Francavilla said...

These are so good I need to repeat myself: AWESOME job, Steve! :D I want to see an animated feature with these designs in now :)

Happy Holidays to you and your family, my friend :)


Anonymous said...

Hey Steve,
Very cool sketches. Thanks for posting them.
Always enjoy seeing your artwork.

Best of the Holidays to your family.

Rita Lichtwardt said...

These are so cool!! Love the design, weight of them.
Hope all is well with you,

Anonymous said...

the shading is nice and their outfits are beyond character was a disaster..:/