The climactic finale to Marvel’s cinematic universe is upon us with Avengers : Endgame, and Japanese artist Takumi has created this spectacular set of illustrations featuring the Avengers characters in Ukiyo-e style.
Avengers Endgame, the culmination of the 22-film story, is a box office hit worldwide and anticipation among fans is high. To commemorate the film’s release, the artist has created a series of illustrations that render characters from the film in Ukiyo-e style.
The Ukiyo-e (浮世 絵) is the term by which the genre of engravings made with xylography or wood is known; This is a technique that is known as “floating world paintings” or “Japanese print” and date back to the seventeenth century.
With this in mind, Takumi not only thought of each of the characters with that style, but also adapted his clothing according to the work they do and their tools, as well as the name kanji (graphic representation of Japanese words) for each of them, for example, Thor is pronounced tooru in that language, so he assigned his Japanese equivalent 徹 (と お る). Thanos’ 6 infinity stones served as the inspiration behind that name, which references the 6 realms of Buddhism (六道将軍佐能須).
Another small detail are Captain America’s pants, for instance, “use the shippo (七宝) pattern of layered circles, which references the shape of his shield. Thor’s pattern is pretty straightforward: the traditional cloud (雲) pattern. Iron Man uses the complex bishamon kikko (毘沙門亀甲) pattern, which mimics the look of a circuit board.
At the weekend, the new Marvel movie broke all records and became the film with the best start weekend ever. It has so far made $ 1.2 billion worldwide. The highly anticipated film is the culmination of the first ten years of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” – and is a film that has never existed before. With a budget of between $ 350 and $ 400 million, it is one of the most expensive films in the world History – and should and will earn a multiple of it back.