What sort of cool Marvel shout-outs are hiding inside The Avengers' opening and closing titles? What weapons and character staples did we missed as they flashed by the big screen? An excellent recap of the entire sequence reveals a few new glances at some iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent toys, plus Avengers costume close ups.
Art of the Title, who is hosting these amazing images along with the entire title sequence video, interviewed Creative Director of Method Studios, Steve Viola. Here's a little snippet of how he and his team at Method conjured up the introduction to Earth's Mightiest Heroes, in the closing credits:
Originally, we were going with an abstract fly-through of the Helicarrier where we would come across some of the heroes' items, but it wasn't post-battle and it was just as much about the Helicarrier as the characters – which is how I originally pitched it to our concept artist, Chris Sanchez. I wanted something that dropped us into the high-tech world of S.H.I.E.L.D and stepped back from the actual characters so we could get a feel for them through their areas in the flying S.H.I.E.L.D. base.
Eventually the team decided on a post-battle look that focused more on the team and less on the Helicarrier, to give off a whole "real stakes" or "battle scars" look that Whedon was channeling.
Less obvious character Items you should look for while scrolling the titles: Nick Fury's holster, Black Widow's stinger and Bruce Banner's glasses.
Watch the entire title sequence and read the full article over at Art of the Title.