Whether it's Thanos asking for silence or the characters that have been removed from the movie trailers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of secrets. Now the Flerken is out of the bag.
In a recent interview with HuffPost, visual effects supervisor "Captain Marvel" Chris Townsend took us behind the scenes to shed light on the mysteries of how Marvel brought the era of the 90's to life. the superhero movie led by Brie Larson.
From the daunting task of the dematerialization of Samuel L. Jackson to Goose, the alien cat / Flerken became so purrfect, Townsend told us the stories behind the stories of one of the MCU's latest hits.
A "temporal lens" scene has been cut.
After Jackson had made some comments at the beginning of this year that Captain Marvel could travel through time, it was theorized that this latest Marvel offering would reveal how heroes could go back in time to reverse the events of " Avengers: Infinity War ".
It didn't happen. It turns out that Jackson was simply Flerken around, and "Captain Marvel" had none of Carol Danvers's time travel skills. But there was an interesting cutting scene since the Skrulls looked through the memories of Danvers that could have fueled the flames of the theory even more.
"One of the scenes in the first draft of the script was the idea of a time target", explained Townsend. "When he came back and looked through his memories, or the Skrulls were peering through his researching memories, you would have a sort of lens this time … where you would have moments when Carol would appear today and in the past. same way. "
He added: "I remember reading it for the first time in an initial draft and thinking," Whoa, it's really hard. I have no idea how to do it, and it could be so beautiful. & # 39; "
The objective of the time eventually disappeared from the script and Townsend told us that he is not sure how it would have been.
"When I read the script, I have almost no idea how I can do almost everything, and somehow you should invent everything you want and understand it while you go, and I hope you work with people to bring everything on screen."
The effect does not seem like a real time travel, but it would have been interesting to see if it caused further speculation about Captain Marvel.
De-aging Samuel L. Jackson requires the viewing of many films by Samuel L. Jackson.
As for the lifting of Nick Fury by Jackson's de-aging as in the 1990s, Townsend gives credit to Lola Visual Effects, as well as additional visual effects supervisor, Janelle Croshaw, for supervising the day-to-day.
"It was a matter of scrupulously meticulously going through the work and losing weight and cleaning his skin and reshaping his jaw and hairline, pinching and a chuckle around his neck."
Also on the agenda: watch a lot of Sam Jackson's films from the 90's.
"We chose" The Negotiator "as one of our main films, as well as" Sphere "and" Die Hard: With a Vengeance ". And we studied those films, studied the look and the expressions, and the way in which the light moved through the skin. "
He added, "There is no magic bullet here. There is no secret sauce. The artists are seated and very carefully resuscitating a face and making sure the face is as natural as possible and make sure not to trample on the performance, the charisma that Sam brings to the screen.It was a great undertaking. "
The Flerken could have been a cat-astrophagus without a CGI team.
Townsend was nothing more than an accomplice of the cats and animal trainers who worked on "Captain Marvel" to help create Goose. Although he said frankly: "There are certain things that cats obviously can't do."
"There are also things the cat didn't want to do," he continued. "Sometimes they were in the cockpit of the plane, and the character of Ben Mendelsohn would be sitting there in a big leather coat. The skin would creak and the cat would go crazy on Sam Jackson's lap. So c & # 39 "It was a lot of cat replacement throughout the film."
The effects company Trixter was introduced to work on the computer-generated version of Goose, and the cat seemed so realistic that the directors didn't even recognize that it was a computer trick, according to Townsend.
"It was one of those great moments you really want, & # 39; Oh, it will be great. It will be really easy to do it to make it," and then once again he proved [to be] much more difficult. "
The visual effects supervisor said the CGI cat was used in most of the Goose scenes in the film.
"There are about 100 cat shots in the film, 70 or 80 of them are CG," he added, "including shots, of course, where the tentacles come out of the face."
It also didn't help that star Brie Larson is allergic to cats.
"Whenever Brie holds a cat, she is almost always a CG cat, and many times when the cat is on Nick Fury's lap or is wandering around, it's also CG. It's a lot of things I would look at as a spectator. and I think, & # 39; Well, surely they could have had a cat to do it. & # 39; Actually no, we couldn't get the cat to perform properly in the same take that we have the actors to show ".
"You can't really tell Sam Jackson," Sorry, could you go again? Because the cat didn't do well. & # 39; "
No, that shooting star wasn't Peter Quill … or was it?
As you retrace the memories of Carol in the film, you see a moment when she is with her friend Maria Rambeau's daughter, Monica, looking up at a shooting star.
It didn't take long for the fans to speculate on Reddit that the shooting star was actually a ship in which Peter Quill was taken from Earth by Yondu in 1988.
Deadlines may coincide, and although Townsend could not confirm it, he could not deny his admiration for the theory.
"I've never heard of Peter Quill, but I like it," he said. "I love the fan side of what we do. I love reactions. I love what I thought [goes into everything]. Of course, c & # 39; is a huge amount of thought that comes to mind from all those who eventually make the movies, but c & # 39; is a surprising reading of things, like the shooting star. "
He added, "To be honest, this is my fifth Marvel movie. When I went to see" Infinity War, there were so many things in there, little pieces were tied, and I thought they were amazing in ways that I never perceived. "