VFX guy Chris Wells has worked on his fare share of superhero movies including; X-MEN films, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, FANTASTIC FOUR, GREEN LANTERN. Now, him and his company Hydraulx are overseeing the pre-credit sequence for The Avengers and he sat down with Starburst Magazine to chat about it.
‘We’re doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie,’ he said. ‘There’s a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it’s pretty big. There’s nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It’s a long movie but it doesn’t feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I’ve worked on, this is the best one I’ve seen so far.’
Sound good to me. Of course they all say stuff like this before the release of a huge movie. It’s not like he’s going to say it looks terrible. Here’s what he said when asked about how the movie balances a character driven movie within a huge summer blockbuster.
‘I think they nailed both,’ he said. ‘Joss and I have worked on some projects before and he does a very good job with characters. Since this is the first time that we see these guys together as a unit, he had to address all their personal dealings with one another. I think he did a very good job of setting up the characters based on what we know from the Marvel franchise, integrating them together with all their differences and similarities and then getting on with business. And just when you think the movie is a character piece it just goes nuts.’
Oh, and here’s what he had to say about the Hulk.
‘This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven’t really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they’re going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be Hulk and that’s great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It’s fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don’t think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.’
Source: Starburst Magazine