Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Before & After VFX Footage

A new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 video reveals several of the digital effects that helped to bring the film to life. While Marvel Studios may be gearing up for the release of Thor: Ragnarok in theaters this fall, their first movie release of the year is continuing to incite conversations. Part of that is thanks to the efforts of writer/director James Gunn, who regularly takes to social media to discuss both the movie and his work with Marvel in general.

Earlier this week, Gunn broke down the reason why the Guardians movies are some of the only MCU films to feature opening credits scenes. Later, he dived into the reasons why Yondu is gone for good and will not be miraculously revived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Gunn also regularly shares behind-the-scenes images from the production of the movie. However, a newly-released video for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel goes a step further than that.

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Framestore has posted a video that breaks down the visual effects from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Peeling back the layers of digital imagery and effects involved in bringing various characters and scenes to life on the big screen, the VFX reel offers a taste of just how much effort went into making the sequel's more fantastical elements and characters a cinematic reality.

Along with adding space-y touches and fleshing out galactic dogfights, it's always intriguing to see what elements of a blockbuster film are practical and what is CGI. For Guardians 2, it seems very little was practical as evidenced by the raw footage of Yondu taking down the Ravagers shown here. Even Ayesha and her minions had their environment, clothes, and even make-up augmented by VFX, it turns out. Of course, it's all in service of crafting a cosmic epic.

The construction of Rocket is also both interesting and horrifying. Seeing his eyes float in his skinless body while Baby Groot rides his shoulder is truly unnerving. Still, it's hard not to admire the level of craft and complexity that goes into bringing a character like Rocket to life.

Though more tidbits like this are likely to emerge in the coming weeks and months, many fans are already looking ahead to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Expected to arrive in 2020, the film will pick up the team after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and the currently-untitled Avengers 4. Until then, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will have to hold fans over.

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Source: Framestore

Key Release Dates
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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