‘Avengers’ SFX Supervisor Talks Opening Sequence & Multiple Villains; No Red Skull

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:33 am,

Avengers SFX Supervisor Talks Opening Sequence and No Red Skull Avengers SFX Supervisor Talks Opening Sequence & Multiple Villains; No Red Skull

The Avengers is less than three months away at this point, which is no doubt a strange feeling foreverybody who has been eagerly anticipating the film’s arrival since Nick Fury appeared in Iron Man‘s post-credits scene.

While some fans are no doubt worried about the end product not matching the massive hype built upon a well-received Super Bowl trailer,  there are likely others who are worried about the digital effects not effectively doing their job, like so many superhero films before. Well, Avengers SFX Supervisor, Chris Wells, is here to soothe your fears on all of the above.

On the topic of the film’s opening sequence – courtesy of Starburst Magazine – Wells said:

“We’re doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie,’ 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.”

On the topic of big action VS. smaller character moments in The Avengers, Wells said:

“I think they nailed both. 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.”

On the topic of bad guys that The Avengers might face:

“[There's no Red Skull in the movie], but that’s okay, because there’s enough bad guys to go around.”

Could we get the number of villains narrowed down here? 1? 2? 5 or more?

Wells himself is apparently weary of superhero films in general – can’t really blame him – so it’s good to hear that he’s so enthusiastic about The Avengers.

Speaking of enthusiasm, Wells continued:

“I promise you it’s not going to be boring. This thing has [gotten] so big that Marvel [is] 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.”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

For the full interview with Chris Wells, check out the next Starburst issue, on sale in March.


The Avengers hits theaters May 4th, 2012.

Source: Starburst Magazine [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. You know, and I say this with respect for all my SR buddies, I’m really getting kind of tired of this “Cap’s suit looks bad” stuff. Are you all telling me that the movie can be awesome but because Cap’s suit doesn’t live up to expectations people might not see it? I still think that Keaton’s Batman suit looks better than Bale’s but I didn’t whine about it and it didn’t stop me from seeing BB nor TDK.

    • Not sure what you’re referring to exactly, but I’ve yet to hear someone say that Cap’s bad suit is going to ruin the movie as a whole.

      • I just keep reading it over and over and over again; maybe they didn’t all say the movie will suffer for it, but that’s just the feeling I keep getting.

        • I have no problem with the suit. The helmet/cowl looks bad IMO, but I certainly don’t think the movie will suffer because of it…

          I do see where you’re coming from though: not so much on this site, but on others there have been comments where people tear Cap’s suit to shreds (figuratively) and claim that it’ll ruin the movie — which is complete rubbish IMO.

          But one thing’s for sure. By now, I’ve heard enough as well. We all know some don’t like his suit (and that’s fine – they can’t please everyone), but I agree that those people don’t have to go on about it the whole time: I don’t like the way Bane looks in TDKR, but I don’t go onto every TDK article and say it over and over again…

  2. seriously, cap looks way damn thin in the latest trailer. jz have a look at his arm.. and compare it to the first avenger, which was so buff!

    • He’s usually standing by or fighting with Thor, who is huge. If Thor stood by the Hulk, Thor would look thin as well.

  3. Capt Americas mask is similar to Batmans in TDKR – both look odd.

  4. Like Vader said, multiple viewings. Multiple Viewings. MULTIPLE. Are we clear? My official prediction for the post credit, Black Panther, T’Challa, Wakanda. Multiple Viewings. Multiple.

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