Ryan Meinerding is the Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios. He has been with Marvel Studios since the early days of 'Iron Man,' helping to design the look and feel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He studied Industrial Design at the University of Notre Dame and Illustration at the Art Centre College of Design. In his last semesters at Art Centre, he had the opportunity to leave school to work on a project with one of his heroes, Iain McCaig. It was ultimately because of this project that he met Jon Favreau. Jon hired Ryan to work on Iron Man as an illustrator and then subsequently Iron Man 2 as a lead character designer. After this time, he stayed to work on concept designs for Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Marvel Studios was growing and was about to go into production with Avengers. In order to keep up with the character design work, the Visual Development department was created. Headed by Ryan and Charlie Wen at that time, they led a team of artists to accomplish the character design for Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In the last few years he has had the opportunity to work on one of his favourite superheroes for Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as revisited the Avengers for Infinity War and ventured into the new world of Black Panther. He is currently working on new Marvel Studios projects.