Avengers: Endgame released in April earlier this year, but the love and excitement around this movie have remained the same, even months after it hit the theatres. The movie was a massive success and left all fans overwhelmed with emotions. It was not just a movie, but a real spectacle to watch.
Recently, Jen Underdahl, the Visual Effects Producer for Marvel Entertainment, spoke with WIRED and revealed how they created the magic we saw on screen.
Since it was such a huge task, that required humongous work, the studio brought in everyone from Industrial Light and Weta, to create the digital effects that were needed for the movie. Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo’s “Smart Hulk” and Old Captain America would not have been possible without the support of these technicians.
The creation of Thanos, was a discovery, both as a performance and a technical development. Mocaps were worn by Josh Brolin to transform into the 15-foot titan, Thanos.
Since Josh’s expressions were equally important as the technology, he used to perform, not in isolation but where some characters were present. This was done to ensure the performance looked authentic. Scenes can be created through technology, but the performance needs to feel organic.
For Old Steve, when Captain America comes back to meet Bucky and Sam, a skin double had to be used. The producer also told that for shooting Thor’s depressed, bulkier, character, a bodysuit was used.
Underdahl further revealed that many scenes of the film were shot in front of a green screen and were brought to life with the help of VFX, such as the fight between the two Captain Americas. A body double was used for the interaction scenes, and the glass building and background were created with the help of VFX.
This just further proves that Endgame is not just a brilliant movie, but many anecdotes lie behind the creation of each and every scene and character.