Not only are the Guardians great at saving the galaxy – they have impeccable style too. For Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy we created over 40 outfits for the band, from classic comic looks to brand new designs.
When we set out to create original looks, we wanted to partner with a Marvel comics artist who has reinvented a multitude of Marvel superheroes over the years: the talented RB Silva. We worked with him to create a range of team outfits with a vibe that clearly said, “This is what we’ll wear for the final battle for the fate of the galaxy”. We had the chance to ask him a few questions about the creation of the Golden Guardians outfits, along with some exclusive concept art for you to enjoy.
How did you come up with the core concept for the “Golden Guardians” outfits?
RB Silva: I was immediately informed by Eidos-Montréal and Marvel that some of the costumes needed were for a team and I had a lot of ideas for them, but one of those ideas that stuck in my mind was that these should be armor or something like armor. Once the material was determined, the ideas flowed naturally.
How did you adapt this core concept for each Guardian – five characters with very different builds?
RB Silva: First, I had to establish a common element that identified the outfits as a team. The easy part was setting the color. Working with the folks at Eidos-Montréal and Marvel, we came to the conclusion that the outfits should be white and gold. The hard part was the rest. Joking! But developing these outfits according to size, physique and personality was a task that we did very carefully. Many shapes used in Rocket Racoon’s armor were unsuitable for Star Lord’s armor. The very close cooperation with Eidos-Montréal and Marvel went very well and we managed to create an individual concept for each character with a few sketches.
What was your favorite aspect of designing these outfits?
RB Silva: I was very happy to see the characters together, each of whom wore something visually similar and yet different. I did a lot of research and had access to an image database of lots of military outfits and maybe it’s not easy to see a lot of military features in those outfits, but they are there (lol). I had to come up with something very resilient, suitable for very extreme, aggressive conditions, so a costume a teenage boy sewed in their bedroom to fight crime might not work very well here.
I loved seeing the final results developed by the 3D modeling team.
What was the biggest challenge in creating these outfits?
RB Silva: Without a doubt, the biggest challenge was finding elements that would express the personality of each character in each scenario. The creative team at Eidos-Montréal sent me some references and shapes that were used in developing the game universe and that helped me a lot, but at the same time they set me a limit that shows how far I can go and what shapes I can can use. It was an interesting challenge, and one that was surely met with incredible satisfaction. I can only praise the entire creative team at Eidos-Montréal and Marvel. They rock!
Classic looks for the Guardians
When it comes to the classic comic book outfits, we had so much material to play with. The Guardians have been around for 50 years and some of their looks were absolute blasts to incorporate into our game. Let’s take a look at a classic look for any Guardian.
Star-Lord – Team Lord outfit
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy run was one of the main inspirations for our game, so there was no question we had to bring back some of the looks from that era from 2008. Team-Lord was a natural choice and an interesting challenge as Star-Lord’s helmet is radically unique.
Gamora – Black Vortex Outfit
Inspired by the 2015 comic Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex Alpha # 1, Gamora’s Black Vortex outfit was also one of our favorites. This cape is just tough.
Drax – catathic monk outfit
Drax is the type of character who strikes a fine line between seriousness and humor, and this certainly extended to some of his outfits as well. The Katathian Monk, taken from the 2017 comic book All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, was such a perfect representation of this duality that we couldn’t miss the opportunity to add it to our list.
Rocket – Hero of Halfworld
Rocket has been around for a long time and some of its looks are absolutely timeless. This is especially true of the Hero of Halfworld outfit, which is inspired by his 1985 comic book written by Bill Mantlo, co-creator of Rocket Raccoon. For eagle-eyed gamers, this isn’t the only homage to Bill Mantlo in our game …
Groot – Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse
While it only appeared on a variant cover in 2016, the Age of Apocalypse looks were so eye-catching for the Guardians that we had to bring them into our game. The team had a lot of fun recreating it, especially for Groot, who can fully unleash his inner monster with this look. Lady Hellbender would probably pay a hefty sum for it.
Find all of these outfits and many more in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, available now on PS4 and PS5.