Longtime Marvel Studios visual artist Anthony Francisco is leaving the company. Francisco, a senior visual development artist at Marvel Studios for nine years, is taking the next step in his career, leaving behind a massive legacy with his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The artist has worked on several films for Marvel and helped create key design elements for Loki and the Dora Milaje. His best-known achievement is the design of Baby Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who was the most popular “Baby” character on the entire planet until Baby Yoda barged in and stole the crown.
According to DeadlineDolphin Entertainment CEO Bill O’Dowd has revealed Francisco will join him at the company. After spending nearly a decade as a visual artist, Francisco will assume the role of Creative Director of Dolphin Entertainment. Although he’s no longer at Marvel, Francisco’s work will be featured in films like Eternals, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Wonders, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Instead of working on concepts for big budget movies, Francisco will be focusing on the world of NFT now that he’s at Dolphin. He will be in charge of “the development and execution of various NFT series involving original and existing intellectual property with Dolphin’s growing NFT studio,” according to Deadline’s report.
“NFTs are such an exciting new world for any visual artist,” Francisco said. “I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to establish a creative role that does not already exist within Dolphin Entertainment. Ideas flow all the time and it is exciting for a designer like me to feel that everything is possible. I can’t wait to share what we’re working on with the world. “
“Anthony Francisco has the honor of designing some of the most cherished characters in pop culture today, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Dolphin family,” said O’Dowd. “With his talent and imagination already at work, I can say without a doubt that Dolphin’s upcoming NFT releases will be special and unique.”
Prior to working at Marvel, Francisco was a Senior Concept Artist for Rhythm & Hues. He spent time working on films like RIPD, The hunger Games, Show White and the Hunter, seventh son, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.