Marvel Designer's Artwork Shows Just How Different Our Favorite Heroes Could've Been

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Ryan Meinerding is the head of visual development at Marvel Studios, the studio behind Iron Man, Black Panther, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and many more. Part of his job entails overseeing the generation of hundreds upon hundreds of character designs. Some are pretty close to what ends up in the movie, while others... well, others are best kept on the cutting room floor. He posts many of these designs to his Instagram, giving fans a tiny glimpse into a world that might have been.

The character design process involves a lot of trail and error, which makes for many discarded versions of our favorite heroes.

When a new movie is being worked on, Meinerding's team of artists will draft many disparate "looks" for director and studio approval. They'll take the things that work best and try to improve on them, while discarding mock-ups that didn't generate much enthusiasm.

Meinerding described the process to "Entertainment Weekly:"

We're just always trying to make it better. It's as simple as that. It's looking at what we have and figuring out different ways and creative solutions for trying to improve it.

These photos make one thing clear: the MCU could have been very different.

Sometimes costumes are chosen not only because of how they look, but because of what they say. Meinerding commented on Captain America's costume in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

He covers up his costume with a leather jacket and a helmet, and it feels like he's trying to be more of a soldier and through the process of rescuing those soldiers, the jacket gets a little more torn up and the star starts to poke through a little bit. I think at the end of that journey, he ends up realizing that there's a value to be had in not only being a soldier but also being a symbol. It's the idea of those first two costumes being combined into the final look in that movie.

It's amazing how one small change can completely alter the look of a costume.

According to Meinerding, it's not always an easy process:

In my opinion, it's much, much more difficult to find the first version of the character — more or less because the tone of those movies are still being worked out. We have to do a bunch of versions just to get in the ballpark of what the visuals are gonna be and what the tone of the movie is gonna be.

But Marvel has obviously managed to find something that works, so why try to improve on greatness? And besides, getting to see art for a flesh-colored Vision makes any extra work worth it!

H/T - Entertainment Weekly, Instagram

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

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Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.

Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.


Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.

Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.

Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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