Although real-life science and images performed an integral half in designing the Quantum Realm, Peyton Reed was notably within the alternative to deliver again an old-school sci-fi/fantasy vibe, one which was once seen on screens in addition to on retailer cabinets. As he elaborated:
“We actually drew from a number of stuff. ‘Flash Gordon.’ ‘Barbarella.’ All these type of whacked-out issues. Actually wanting on the covers of outdated science-fiction paperbacks, from the ’60s and ’70s and into the ’80s. There are a number of nice artists who would paint the covers for these items, and they’d be within the newsstand and that cowl needed to seize you, and a number of them had been creating these actually unusual worlds that, in the event you had been taking a look at paperbacks, that one would pull you in. Chances are you’ll not even know what the story is, however that visible.”
One different main affect that Reed namechecked was the basic sci-fi fiction/sketch/illustration journal Heavy Steel, notably its run in the course of the ’70s and 80s (a run that influenced its personal big-screen animation adaptation, “Heavy Steel,” in 1981). He additionally talked about that the Quantum Realm “has a bit of sword and sorcery aspect [to it]” and “an actual Moebius aspect” concerned as nicely, referencing the French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud, whose work often appeared within the pages of — you guessed it — Heavy Steel.
Whereas the film itself and its place inside the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe stays to be seen when it opens on February 17, 2023 it appears “Quantumania” will undoubtedly be a feast for the eyes, particularly for these of us who imagine that the extra “whacked-out,” the higher.