FX guru talks Avengers opening sequence

It takes a lot of people to ensure a film on the scale of The Avengers looks as good as it should, and SFX specialists Hydraulx are the team charged with ensuring Iron Man and chums are at their most visually dazzling.

Special effects supervisor Chris Wells has taken time out from his busy schedule to drop an update concerning the movie’s opening sequence, and from the sounds of it, it’s going to be epic…

“We're doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie," he said. "There's a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it's pretty big. There's nothing small in this movie.”

“I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out,” continues Wells. “It's a long movie but it doesn't feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I've worked on, this is the best one I've seen so far.”

To put that into context, Wells has worked on Captain America , The Incredible Hulk , Fantastic Four , Green Lantern and the X-Men series. The man knows his superhero flicks.

“I promise you it's not going to be boring,” he says. “This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven't really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they're going to be a little more appeased by this one.”

“Especially the Hulk,” he continues, enticingly. “They let the Hulk be Hulk and that's great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It's fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don't think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does.”

The Avengers opens in the UK on 27 April 2012.


George Wales

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