While Avengers: Infinity War left a lot of viewers shaken with its genocidal finale, the single most tragic death of the movie arguably came much earlier when Thanos reluctantly sacrificed his own adopted daughter for the Soul Stone. It’s a sequence that shows the humanity of the Mad Titan better than any other moment in the Russo Brothers-helmed film, as the tyrant proves his love for Gamora by throwing her off a cliff.
This recently shared batch of concept art from the new book Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie gives us an idea of the strange and ominous imagery that the team was considering in the project’s early stages, and out of the many excerpts we’ve seen from this artbook, these surely rank among the prettiest.
The landscapes in particular are awash with vibrant color that really captures the otherworldly nature of this scene. We can also see an intriguing alternate design for Red Skull, and a couple of these images suggest that, at one point, the idea was considered of Gamora being thrown into a hole rather than off a cliff.
With Infinity War serving as the movie where Thanos truly arrived, the new artbook exhibits an array of ideas for how this villain could’ve looked, with some illustrations even suggesting that the character might’ve gone shirtless for much of the movie. We’ve also been privy to a range of designs for the Titan’s all-important Infinity Gauntlet, and have managed to get a glimpse of how the character’s final fight on Wakanda could’ve played out.
All this and plenty more is viewable in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – The Art of the Movie, but if you’d rather see these characters in live-action form, Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.