Marvel Comics: Some Great Vids

At the hi-res video portion of their site.

Aside from the two Iron Man movie trailers — including the new one that aired last night during the Super Bowl — they have a fantastic CGI 3-parter that features Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Hulk.

If someone from Marvel is reading this, how about a Comment with some background on who did that and how much it cost. Some of it is really spectacular and better than Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet.

And of course I’ve got some screensnaps after the break.

This is really some well-made CGI!

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No “Gumby” clothes on the kid; bagginess and wrinkles. New Scarlet had all “Gumby” clothing.

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There is shakycam and zoom used!

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Better facial modeling than New Scarlet. And that spot in the upper left corner? That’s floating debris! The attention to detail made me gasp.

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Iron Man’s armor looks like metal and Spider-man’s costume has texture.

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Notice the reflection on Iron’s Man’s armor and the great skin texture on Hulk — and his teeth!

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Go full-screen and marvel (no pun intended!) at the wrinkles on Hulk’s fingers!

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Notice how they added an atmosphere! Things get properly less distinct in the distance without it looking fake.

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Gerry Anderson’s New Scarlet should have had direction like this. It doesn’t feel like a videogame at all. Well done!

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6 Comments on “Marvel Comics: Some Great Vids”

  1. James Moat Says:

    Thanks for posting this! I had no idea these existed. To Marvel: more please!

  2. mikecane Says:

    I hope someone from Marvel can give some insight into the production of that. It’s really excellent work. I’d watch that if it was on TV. It’s better than cell animation any day.

    Hmmm… maybe I’ll just go drop Marvel an email and see what happens.

  3. James Moat Says:

    Hell, I’d pay money to see it in a theater! In some ways these are better than the live action comic book movies – the look and feel can be more controlled, and truer to the actual comic book.

  4. Mike Cane Says:

    A bit of Googling I should have done hours ago has revealed the animation was done by Blur: http://www.blur.com/

    I’ve sent them an email to see if they can provide more info. I also emailed Marvel too — but don’t expect much from them. I’m sure they have their hands filled with comic book readers!

  5. mikecane Says:

    >>>In some ways these are better than the live action comic book movies – the look and feel can be more controlled, and truer to the actual comic book.

    Yes. And this studio did an *excellent* job of imparting *mass* to objects. Especially when Iron Man plummets to earth, it *feels* — acts — like a human being encased in metal spinning out of control. There’s absolutely no sense of “animation” (as there sometimes was with New Scarlet). Also, if you look very carefully, there are times when characters stand still. Yet we *accept* that because it’s animation. In New Scarlet, they went crazy with the mocap and incorporated the “wiggle” of the body actors and it paradoxically had a very fake — if not outright spooky! — feel to it.


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