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Things We Saw Today: See What Marvel Films Look Like Without Special Effects

Spoiler: it's mostly holding up Spider-man's butt.

A sign of a film with great special effects is that the effects aren’t readily apparent to the eye. The viewer is too busy marveling at the sweeping mountains of Wakanda, or the BiFrost, or dancing baby Groot to be cognizant of what is and isn’t real. I know that, for myself, I pretty much accept everything I see onscreen (to a degree).

It’s very funny and enlightening to see just how much work and production goes into the major VFX work at play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This video, courtesy of GamesRader, shows all the different levels of special effects, from New York City blocks in the opening attack in Avengers: Infinity War, to Josh Brolin doing motion-capture as Thanos, to Tony Stark’s nano-tech Iron Man suit.

The blend of practical effects and CGI is seamless, especially in the Spider-Man: Homecoming scenes, where Spidey leaps off of top of the Washington monument via a combination of green screen and wire work. And it’s especially fun to see Bradley Cooper hamming it up in his mo-cap suit as he portrays Rocket Raccoon.

We also get a glimpse of the CGI overlay required to create characters like Rocket or the Hulk. We see a skeleton model layered with muscle, then skin to articulate these CGI characters. We also get a sense of the goofiness at play in such highly artificial settings, and the humor and skill required to convey complex emotions with nothing but a green screen and a tennis ball on a stick. Kudos to the army of VFX wizards who bring the world of Marvel to life.

(via io9, image: screencap)

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  • Captain Marvel concept art reveals that everyone you know and love is a Skrull. (via CBR)
  • This Funny or Die video “Marvel’s Mrs. Maisel” imagines Midge Maisel joining the Avengers and honestly, I’m on board. (via
  • On the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing, fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds posted a tribute video to the comedy legend. (via Twitter)

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