Whether it's Thanos claiming our silence or characters coming out of trailers, the Marvel Cinematic universe is full of secrets. Now the Flerken is out of the bag.
In a recent interview with HuffPost, Chris Townsend, visual effects supervisor of "Captain Marvel", took us behind the scenes to unravel the mysteries of how Marvel brought to life the superhero movie directed by Brie Larson.
From Samuel L. Jackson's daunting task of aging to the way Goose the alien / flerken cat became so perverse, Townsend told us the story behind the story of one of the latest blockbusters of the MCU.
A "time lens" scene has been cut off.
After Jackson said earlier this year that Captain Marvel could travel back in time, it was assumed that Marvel's latest offer would indicate how the heroes could go back in time to reverse the events of "Avengers: Infinity War."
This did not happen. It turns out that Jackson was only Flerken and that "Captain Marvel" did not have any of Carol Danvers' ability to travel back in time. But there was an interesting scene when the Skrulls went through Danvers' memoirs that might have further stoked theories.
"One of the scenes from the first draft of the script was the idea of a" temporal lens, "explained Townsend. "When she went back and looked back at her memories, or the Skrulls looked at her memories, you'd have some kind of prism of that time … where you would have moments when Carol would appear in our day and come back to her past all of the same way. "
He added, "I remember reading it for the first time in a first release and having thought:" Whoa, it's really difficult. I do not know how to do that, and it could be so cool. "
The temporal lens finally disappeared from the script and Townsend told us he was not sure what he would look like.
"When I read the script, I almost do not know how I'm going to do almost everything. You have to somehow invent the game as you go and understand it as you go along, and if all goes well, you will work with people to bring everything to the screen. "
The effect does not really look like a trip back in time, but it would have been interesting to see if there was any new speculation about Captain Marvel.
To reduce the age of Samuel L. Jackson, you have to watch a lot of Samuel L. Jackson movies.
Townsend credits Lola Visual Effects and Special Effects Supervisor Janelle Croshaw for overseeing the day-to-day work of Lola Visual Effects.
"It was a matter of meticulously meticulous workmanship and thinning, cleansing your skin and reshaping your jaw and hair, pinching your neck.
Also on the agenda: watch a lot of Sam Jackson movies from the 90s.
"We chose" The Negotiator "as kind of one of our main films, as well as" Sphere "and" Die Hard: With a Vengeance. "We studied these films, studied the appearance, the expressions and the way the light moved through the skin. "
He added, "There is no quick fix here. There is no secret sauce. It is seated artists who very carefully redraw a face and make sure that it looks as natural as possible and avoids walking on the performance, the charisma that Sam brings to the screen. It was a huge undertaking. "
The Flerken could have been a cat-astrologist without a CGI team.
Townsend was nothing but compliment about cats and animal trainers working on "Captain Marvel" to help create Goose. Although he said frankly, "There are some things that cats obviously can not do."
"There are also things that the cat did not want to do," he continued. "Sometimes they were in the cockpit of the plane and Ben Mendelsohn's character was sitting in a big leather coat, the leather was cracking and the cat was panicking on Sam Jackson's lap, so there was so much to replace the cat throughout the film. "
The effects company Trixter had to work on Goose's version of computer-generated imagery, and the cat looked so realistic that the filmmakers did not even realize it was a computer hoax , according to Townsend.
"It was one of those great moments where you really feel like," Oh, it's going to be great. This will be very easy to do, 'and again, it turned out [to be] much more difficult. "
The visual effects supervisor stated that the CGI chat was used in most Goose scenes in the movie.
"There are over 100 shots of the cat in the film, 70 or 80 of which are computer-generated images," he added, "including shots, of course, where the tentacles are coming out of the face."
It also did not help star Brie Larson to be allergic to cats.
"Whenever Brie holds a cat, it's almost always a breeding cat, and often when the cat is lying on Nick Fury's lap or walking, it's also a breeding character. As a spectator, I would look at a lot of things and think, "Well, they probably would have had a cat to do it." In fact, no, we could not have the cat behave properly the same way We take the actors to perform. "
"You can not really tell Sam Jackson," Sorry, can you go back? Because the cat did not do things right. "
No, that shooting star was not Peter Quill … or was it?
While browsing Carol's memories in the film, you see a moment when she looks with a daughter of her friend Maria Rambeau, Monica, a shooting star.
Fans were quick to speculate on Reddit to say that the shooting star is actually a ship in which Peter Quill is removed from the Earth by Yondu in 1988.
The deadlines may be the same, and although Townsend could not confirm it, he could not deny his admiration for the theory either.
"I've never heard of Peter Quill, but I like that," he said. "I love the fans side of what we do. I like the reactions I like how much thought [goes into everything]. Obviously, each of us, who makes the films, thinks a lot, but there is an amazing way to read things, like the shooting star. "
He added, "To be honest, this is my fifth Marvel movie. When I went to see 'Infinity War', there was so much in it, small pieces were attached, which I found amazing to see that I never realized. "