Fans around the world went crazy when they found out that their favorite web-slinger would be joining Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and now with Captain America: Civil War having been released, we finally know just how awesome this latest incarnation is. However, one of the most interesting things about Spider-Man in this movie is that the actor wasn’t cast until late into shooting the film. To keep things on schedule, Marvel decided to go with a 100% CGI Spider-Man in Civil War, and you probably didn’t even notice.
Industrial Lights & Magic (ILM) visual effects supervisor Russel Earl, who did the special effects on Civil War, mentioned in an interview with The Verge that there’s a lot that’s digital within that incredible airport scene within the movie, including the airport itself. Obviously characters like Iron Man, War Machine, the Vision, and you know who were created digitally as well, but the surprise here is Spider-Man. Many fans, myself included, may have expected Spider-Man to be partially CGI, but he was, in fact, completely digital. That decision was made about halfway through shooting the sequence, after Marvel had already used a parkour artist to portray the role on set.
ILM mentioned that they worked with the Russo Brothers to hone the look of the suit and to ensure it didn’t look like it was made by a computer. Keeping in mind the suit was made with Stark tech, they made sure to incorporate some advance elements, but all with materials found in the real world.
Our suit had to look and feel real. We did a lot of tests and studies to hone in. The suit is designed by Stark, so he’s sort of one-upped it a little bit — so how do you bring the Stark tech look into that suit? And obviously, we wanted it to feel like real world materials, and not do anything that was out of that realm. It needed to feel like it was a photographed suit.
Don’t despair however, when Spidey does make his proper MCU debut in his solo film next year, we’ll still get the same great look, but without all the CG (hopefully). ILM did work with Tom Holland to create the basis of the suit to shape it to his body and all of the movements were done by Holland himself and translated on screen through the use of motion-capture cameras.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now.
Via: The Verge.