It seems like Marvel movies just keep getting bigger and bigger, and there’s a reason for that — they actually are. If you thought Guardians of the Galaxy was huge, just wait until Age of Ultron.
The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting piece talking to Marvel’s executive VP of visual effects and post-production, Victoria Alonso, and how they want to make more movies in Los Angeles. But there was an extremely interesting tidbit of info that came out of the conversation.
Apparently Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron will be Marvel’s most effects-heavy film to date, with an astounding 3,000+ VFX shots in the movie. For the stake of comparison, Captain America: The Winter Soldier wound up at around 2,500, while the space-set FX extravaganza Guardians of the Galaxy had just 2,750. Yeah, we’re even more psyched for Age of Ultron now, if that is even possible.
According to Alonso, she anticipated the Avengers sequel would involve up to a dozen VFX vendors in a half-dozen countries to get all the rendering and effects completed before the film’s May 1, 2015, opening date. Through trial and error, Alonso revealed that they now go global with VFX firms because houses in other countries sometimes “have ideas [they] don’t have.” It seems they’ll need all that extra processing power to bring Ultron’s robot hordes to life.
Going back to the first Iron Man, it’s astounding to see just how far the Marvel Universe has come effects-wise — while still maintaining that unique style that undeniably makes the product a “Marvel movie.” Are you glad to hear they’re still pushing the boundaries movie after movie with VFX?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)