One thing I really love about movie magic is how absurd it is. Like, when you get right down to it, it’s all just people in costumes posing on sets, all make believe and special effects, particularly where something like a superhero story is concerned.
What’s fun about this video, a supercut of behind-the-scenes Marvel footage from GamesRadar, is how it highlights that absurdity. We witness, in detail, how these epic film moments are just people in front of screens. Y’know, where there are people at all. I don’t think that cheapens the spectacle. In fact, I think it makes it even more delightful.
Moviemaking is a silly business, and that’s legitimately one of its biggest charms. At the end of the day, everyone’s just playing pretend. And if you’re doing it for Marvel, well, there are a lot of special effects to pretend to.
This article was originally published 3/3/19.
Avengers: Endgame was notable for a lot of reasons. Not only was it the climax to ten years of film, but it was also a massive milestone in big-budget VFX work. The sheer scale and polish of these effects is extremely notable. Which makes it a lot of fun when some experts get into a room to talk about it.