Andy Park, Asad Ayaz, and Trinh Tran were critical to the success of Marvel’s worldwide phenomena “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Andy – As the Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, Andy Park has led the department that designs the characters and the look and feel of many of the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe including “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” and several upcoming titles.
Some notable characters that Andy has designed through the years are Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Nebula, Mantis, Iron Man Mark 33 and Mark 16, Thor (Thor: Ragnarok), Hela, Ant-Man, Wasp, T-Chaka, and most recently, Captain Marvel.
The Visual Development department is a unique creation in the film industry. Close to 10 years ago, the leadership of Marvel Studios consisting of President Kevin Feige, Co-President Louis D’Esposito, and Executive Vice-President Victoria Alonso foresaw the benefit of having a dedicated in-house group of artists to lead the visual creation of their connected universe. That idea of a connected universe has changed the entire film industry. Many have attempted to follow suit but only Marvel Studios has created an unprecedented run of over 20 successful films lasting over 10 years that has earned close to $20 billion at the global box office.
As Director of Visual Development, Andy leads a team of artists in designing the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Besides character designs, keyframe illustrations are created, which are pivotal story moments with the purpose to inspire the whole production throughout the movie making process. Andy works closely with the directors, the leadership of Marvel Studios, the producers, and with all the heads of the other departments including: the costume designer, production designer, visual effects supervisor, and everyone in between to help realize the visual vision of the film. They are all story tellers that have inspired popular culture throughout the world. These are stories of characters that are larger than life, but that people can also identify with, that inspire us to strive to be better, and that we inevitably grow to love. It has been an absolute honor for Andy to have been a part of the leadership of this historically game-changing company.
Prior to his almost decade journey at Marvel Studios, Andy worked as a leading concept artist on the Sony Playstation award-winning video game franchise, “God of War.” And prior to that he fulfilled his childhood dream to be a comic book artist and for a decade illustrated such comic book titles as “Tomb Raider,” “Excalibur,” and “Uncanny X-Men.”
Asad – As President of Marketing for The Walt Disney Studios, Asad Ayaz oversees all aspects of film marketing – encompassing strategy, creative, media, digital, research, special events, promotions, international marketing, publicity and synergy – for all titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, as well as Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox 2000, and Blue Sky Studios following The Walt Disney Company’s 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
A 15-year Disney veteran, Asad has developed and led marketing campaigns for some of the most successful films in history, including Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Panther,” and the recent billion dollar grossing “Captain Marvel.” Additional campaigns Asad has spearheaded include Disney’s live-action hits “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “The Jungle Book,” and the global phenomenon “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as Disney Animation’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” and “Pixar’s Incredibles 2.” He has led the campaigns for 10 out of the top 11 domestic box office debuts of all time, including five opening weekends over $200 million, as well as the biggest worldwide debut of all time for :Avengers: Infinity War,” which earned more than $640 million in its first five days.
Asad earned his bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Trinh – Trinh Tran is an Executive in Production and Development at Marvel Studios. She was an Executive Producer on both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” and previously served as an Associate Producer on “Captain America: Civil War.” Prior to her work as a producer, Trinh also worked on many Marvel featured films, including “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”