Marvel is known for making excellent comic book movies. But, while we give them credit for a lot of things, not many talk about the awesome CGI in their movies. Yup, as much as some people would want to argue about how practical effects are way better than CGI, this list will prove that when CGI is done right, there’s no competition at all.
Let’s not waste any more time. Here are 4 of the best uses of CGI in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
1. Steve Rogers (‘Captain America – The First Avenger’)
Where else were we going to start this list? It had to be here, right? If you remember ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ you probably remember pre-super soldier Steve Rogers. He was a puny man with a heart of gold and courage for miles.
But, since we don’t actually have a super soldier serum and there is no way Chris Evans can go from a skinny guy to a buff dude overnight, Marvel had to come up with some other way of showing an immense transformation.
This is where CGI came into the picture. Just look at what CGI did for Chris. It’s flawless too. Here’s the first time we really got to see that Marvel was not just into the storyline but into creating cinematic masterpieces as well.
Here’s how they went about the transformation:
2. Ultron (‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’)
It would have been very easy to mess up a villain made only from CGI (Steppenwolf anyone?). But, Marvel has always been ahead of the curve and there’s no way they were going to mess this up.
Apart from getting a brilliant actor (James Spader) to play Ultron, they also got a spectacular special effects team to turn the legend into one of the most expressive robots ever seen on the big screen.
Just take a look at this:
3. The Hulk (‘Avengers’, ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ & ‘Avengers: Infinity War’)
They have tried to make the Hulk look realistic in the past. I’m not going to say that ‘The Incredible Hulk’ or ‘Hulk’ are examples of bad CGI, but when you compare them with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk there’s only one clear winner.
While the Hulk we saw in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ was perhaps the best example of motion capture in movie making history (we could actually see Ruffalo’s face) it’s the first ‘Avengers’ movie which we’re going to be focusing on here. After all, that’s where it all began, right?
It’s a two-part video, so strap in:
4. Iron Man (‘Iron Man’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘Avengers’, ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’)
Now, this is no easy task. First of all, Iron Man probably has the most screen time of all the CGI characters we’ve listed here and in the entire MCU as well. While Tony Stark hasn’t always been in his Iron Man suit, the times when he has, have been tough.
There’s a 27-minute documentary on this for crying out loud. There are no words which I can use to get across the amount of work that goes into making Iron Man.
So, why don’t you take a look instead:
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