In This Video, a Group of Visual Effects Artists React to the Effects Work of Avengers: Endgame

Thanos at war.
Thanos at war.
Image: Marvel Studios

Avengers: Endgame was notable for a lot of reasons. Not only was it the climax to ten years of film, but it was also a massive milestone in big-budget VFX work. The sheer scale and polish of these effects is extremely notable. Which makes it a lot of fun when some experts get into a room to talk about it.

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In the newest episode of the long-running “VFX Artists React” series of videos by Corridor Crew on YouTube, the core members of the team are joined by Matt Aitken, a Weta Digital VFX Supervisor who worked on Endgame, and together the three of them break down some of the film’s biggest effects moments. They point out Easter Eggs, discuss how shots were composed and created, and don’t shy away from roasting the stuff that doesn’t look quite up to the rest of the film’s standard.

I always enjoy checking out these videos, because seeing a group of experts sit down and discuss their craft is just an extremely compelling thing. Lots of information comes out this way that might not otherwise, and it’s clear how complex and difficult—and exciting!—this work can be. Also, there are a lot of explosions to look at, which is always fun.

Avengers: Endgame is available for streaming and purchase now, and you can watch a lot more “VFX Artists React” on the Corridor Crew YouTube channel. 


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DISCUSSION

lennyvalentin
Lenny Valentin

There’s been a few big SFX scenes that have seared themselves into my memory forever as my personal idea of The Coolest Scenes Ever; such as the dogfighting over the surface of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi, the future battle against the machines in Terminator, the brachiosaur reveal shot from Jurassic Park, the attack of the Borg Cube from Star Trek: First Contact, and a few others.

The Endgame final battle is roughly equal to ALL of those, mixed together and distilled into an elixir of pure madness. It’s one of the greatest works of special effects I’ve ever seen, but also so chaotic and overkill that you can’t ever hope of being able to digest it all or catch all of the nuances.

Howard the Duck for example is one of those little details I would never spot if it had not been pointed out to me. Even now, after the fact, I doubt I would be able to see it were I to go re-watch the movie again at full framerate. (Which is actually what I’m having quite the inkling to do at this moment... Especially as Amazon is only drip-feeding me one episode a week of Picard! Damn them! lol)