Marvel’s The Avengers remains in the running for the Visual Effects Oscar (along with 9 other films), and one of the big accomplishments that they’ll no doubt be showing off will be the big action sequence involving all the characters during the heat of the final battle.
The sequence is one of the longest effects shots in the film, and I can still remember the reaction from the crowd during my IMAX 3D showing. Fans had waited years to see Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest fighting together in one film, and this crowd-pleasing sequence made it all worth the wait.
Industrial Light & Magic were the VFX house behind this particular shot, and in the video below they talk us though how it was created.
While “The Avengers” posed many visual effects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the “tie-in” shot during the third act of the film. Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by ILM. The New York City environment that serves as the setting for this shot (and virtaully the entire alien invasion) is computer generated by the visual effects team at ILM.