Thanos visual effects

Update: This piece has been updated in an attempt to clarify the work done by Digital Domain and Weta Digital. You can find out more below, and our original article follows.

13 visual effects vendors collaborated to make 18 digital characters for Avengers: Infinity War, and Josh Brolin‘s villainous Thanos is the most important of them all. The entire movie hinges on that performance, and if you don’t buy him as a living, breathing character, Marvel would have had their own Steppenwolf problem to deal with. Thankfully, Thanos ended up being one of the best CGI villains in cinema history – thanks in large part to the hard-working team at VFX company Digital Domain.

To promote the superhero sequel’s home video release, /Film was invited to take a tour of the company’s L.A. facility and learn the steps they took to bring the Mad Titan to life. I brought a couple of cameras along and put together an in-depth video about how the Thanos visual effects were created and incorporated into the movie.

This goes far beyond those videos that simply show a scene with one VFX layer at a time added into the final version. This is detailed stuff, and I hope you check it out below. Read More »

Why Thanos waited

Six years. That’s how long it took between audiences’ first glimpse of Thanos hovering in the shadows during the mid-credits scene of The Avengers and the game-changing destruction he rained down in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War. So…what’s with the delay? Why didn’t the eight-foot-tall alien warrior take things into his own hands even sooner?

It turns out there’s a good reason for why Thanos waited so long, and Infinity War co-writer Stephen McFeely explains it below.
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Infinity War deleted scene

Considering what goes down between Thanos and Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War (I’ll be vague to protect the 1% of you who still haven’t seen the movie), you’d be forgiven if you wanted another scene of the two of them together to make that surprising event feel truly earned. But the theatrical cut of the movie is already 2 hours and 29 minutes, so it’s no surprise that plenty of scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.

With the film out now on Digital HD and about to hit 4K and Blu-ray, another Infinity War deleted scene has hit the internet, and this one attempts to flesh out the Thanos/Gamora relationship in a scene called “A Father’s Choice.”
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lady death marvel

A huge motivator for Thanos’ reign of destruction is the Mad Titan’s obsession with Death. Death, that is. In the Marvel comics, the manifestation of death is an on-again, off-again girlfriend of Thanos, and the reason that he seeks out the Infinity Gauntlet — so that he can destroy half the universe and earn her attention and affection once and for all.

But Thanos will have a different backstory in Avengers: Infinity War, according to co-director Joe Russo. And Death will not be a part of that motivation.

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Thanos origin

Update: Turns out io9 was misinformed on this one. The publisher of this novel originally told them the novel was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon, but they’ve since reached out to reveal that it’s not actually canonical. Our original story follows.

Every studio in Hollywood has spent years chasing Marvel Studios’ success with shared universes, but now the people running the Marvel Cinematic Universe are looking elsewhere for some inspiration of their own. The MCU is taking a page from the Star Wars playbook and branching out into canonical novels, and a new report says that the first will be a Thanos origin story that details the rise of The Avengers’ most dangerous foe. Read More »

Josh Brolin Thanos

Who’s the most intelligent character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is it an inventor like Tony Stark or Hank Pym? Maybe a science genius like Bruce Banner? Or how about Shuri, the tech-savvy wunderkind of Wakanda? Nope – in a new interview, Josh Brolin says it’s Thanos, and we’re going to see that intelligence on full display in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

In a new interview, Brolin talks about Thanos’ mindset, the juxtaposition between his jacked appearance and his intellect, and more. Check out the latest Josh Brolin Thanos comments below. Read More »

Marvel Comics Reveals Thanos’ Original Birth Name

thanos true name

I know what you’ve been thinking every time you lay eyes on Thanos, the Big Bad who has terrorized the Avengers for decades and who looms large over the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming Avengers: Infinity War: What’s beneath that crinkly, purple exterior? What is he thinking? What’s his original name?

Yes, Thanos’ name was almost not Thanos. That’s something you’ll only learn in the ongoing Marvel Comics series Thanos, which revealed the Mad Titan’s true birth name in issue #14. And no, it’s not something mundane like “Todd.”

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Joe Russo on Thanos in Infinity War and His Henchmen

You can’t talk about Avengers: Infinity Warand its exciting, exclusive first footage shown to the folks at the D23 Expo and this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con — without going into its Big Bad, Thanos.

The purple galactic warlord has sown death and destruction across the universe, though, apart from a brief role in Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s been mostly offscreen. Now in the third Avengers movie and the 19th Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Thanos will finally get his time in the spotlight. And aided by his bejeweled Infinity Gauntlet, he’s going to look oh so shiny.

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Marvel D23 Photos

Our own Peter Sciretta is currently at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and he’s sent over a handful of photos from the Marvel Studios section of the show floor for us to share with you. In this batch of Marvel D23 photos, you’ll see costumes and weapons from Thor: Ragnarok, a cool Avengers: Infinity War Thanos statue that features a buffed up and stripped down version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ultimate Big Bad, and a slick new banner promoting next year’s Black Panther.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Thanos gauntlet

We know that Josh Brolin’s Thanos is going to be fully unleashed in Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War. But the duo have shared a photo on Twitter that has us wondering if we should rethink what we know about Thanos so far, because his timeline may not be quite as solidified as we once thought. Hit the jump to check out the Infinity War Thanos vault photo and learn how that could change the MCU chronology.
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