Epic Games has a new creative director. A few days after incumbent Donald Mustard announced his retirement, the company unveiled his replacement. It was Charlie Wen, a concept artist and designer who worked for Riot Games, Disney, Marvel, Sony and more.
“Charlie was responsible for developing and integrating numerous iconic Marvel heroes and villains from different worlds into a single cinematic universe. He was also responsible for inspiring future scenarios by creating visual prototypes of key frames. Among the films in which he took part are “Thor”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”, “The Avengers”, “Iron Man 3”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”. The Other War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and the initial production of “Black Panther,” according to Wen’s bio on his LinkedIn page.
Some of Wen’s tweets on the social network X (Twitter) feature illustrations of Marvel characters that are very close to what can be seen in the studio’s films. In addition, while working at Sony, Wen worked on creating the design of Kratos from God of War, and also came up with the appearance of the legendary “Blades of Chaos”, drawing their prototype on napkins. “When the ideas started coming, I realized that I didn’t have a sketchbook – it’s good that the restaurant had napkins. A vision of Kratos came to me, which needed to be transferred from my head to paper (or a napkin). He had wide, dual blades attached to his forearms by chains that he could throw,” Wen said at the series’ 20th anniversary.
It is only logical that the position of creative director at Epic was taken by a talented artist and designer with an impressive track record. Fortnite (arguably Epic’s biggest game) has improved its image significantly, thanks in part to the well-designed appearances of characters from different universes.
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