Gamora and Nebula could have had even darker, much more dangerous looks in Guardians of the Galaxy. Concept artist Andy Park, who worked on the film during the pre-production, revealed some of the alternate looks for Thanos’ adoptive daughters, including some looks that would looked right at home in the Mass Effect universe.
Park took to Twitter to show off the alternate designs, including the one up top featuring a heavily-tattooed Gamora and Nebula rocking more overt cybernetics.
Nebula’s eyepiece seems to be the element that got some of the most tweaking through the redesigns, at one time overtaking the entire left half of the assassin’s face. With their high collars and segmented arm pieces, a couple of the other designs seemed to be inspired by samurai armor.
But its Ronan the Accuser’s influence which seems to have set off some of those earlier designs (and makes me wonder what Nebula and Gamora’s relationship was to Lee Pace’s character in earlier drafts of the film). One design has Nebula working Ronan’s hooded silhouette, while multiple versions see the duo dripping with the blue ceremonial ink Ronan anoints himself with during his introductory scene. In fact, Park comments that at one point, Gamora was supposed to be blue before switching the the more comics-accurate green coloring.
The biggest change for Gamora was her tattoos (or lack of them on the big screen). While director James Gunn and the rest of the Guardians team opted for the simpler subdermal implants seen in the film (all of those raised ridges on Gamoras forehead and face), Park imagined the “the most dangerous woman in the universe” as having tattoos similar to those of Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer.
You can see more of Park’s designs in the gallery below.