A meme posted on Reddit showed the commendable work of the visual effects which made Avengers: Endgame so magical. The meme shows Thor, as he called down his lightning in the ruins beside the Avengers compound. The visual effects team worked really hard to bring the Avengers’ battles to life, resulting to the film’s fascinating detail. But this made us wonder, how do they do it?
How did they do it?
The Endgame creators called on a team from Weta Digital visual effects to skillfully craft the battle scenes. Matt Aitken, the special effects team’s supervisor, spoke with Comicbook.com earlier this year. He discussed about some of his work in the final battle.
Aitken Discloses The Endgame Special Effects
Aitken said that the battle is taking place in the bombed-out ruins of the Avengers compound on the banks of the Hudson River in upstate New York. So, it couldn’t be vast because Thanos wouldn’t use his spaceship to destroy unpopulated countryside. He shared that the key to this was just staging the action within this environment. This is because there is ” a kind of thread” running through the whole battle as our heroes team up to get the Infinity Gauntlet across the crater, through the battlefield, to the van with the quantum tunnel so they can get the stones back.
They would have gotten there too early because the crater was very small. So, the special effects team had to artfully restage action pieces covering some ground. He explained that the Avengers are kind of going over the same piece of crater over and over again. But the action engrossed most people and they didn’t notice that. “We’re replacing a lot of that on-set environment with a hero, CG version. So it’s not just the background and the mid-ground that’s CG in a lot of these shots, it’s the foreground as well.” He added.