Watch Chadwick Boseman Go Sledding Without Snow in a VFX Breakdown of Black Panther's Climactic Fight

When two characters with super-human abilities are duking it out on a busy hovertrain track deep inside a subterranean mine, you assume there’s some Hollywood magic at work. VFX studio DNEG pulls back the curtain to reveal its post-production work on Black Panther’s climactic fight scene, including Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa going for a fun sled ride.

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And if you’ve ever wondered how the actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are able to slip into those skin-tight costumes, the truth is that most of the time they don’t have to. As this behind-the-scenes clip also reveals, both T’Challa and Killmonger’s super suits were mostly realized using extensive CG body doubles and replacements that are nearly impossible to distinguish from the real actors.

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[h/t Art of VFX]

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I thought the CG in the final fight was some of the worst we’ve had in an MCU film for a long while, and I definitely saw a lot of people saying the same kind of thing when it came out. Wakanda looked great, but something about the two characters swinging around each other looked really cartoony and fake, like the VFX team needed a few more weeks to polish everything up.