Loved Black Panther In ‘Captain America: Civil War’? He Was All CGI

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“Captain America: Civil War was a breakout hit for Marvel Studios this summer, bringing almost all of the Avengers together in a clash of ideals and fists. One of the cool things this movie did as well was introduce two new characters into the MCU: Spider-Man and Black Panther. Upon release of the film one of those characters had a much-talked-about CGI job, with everyone weighing in on what they thought of the web-slinger’s new computer-generated duds. There was no such conversation about Black Panther, but that changes now with the reveal that all of the character’s scenes implemented CGI as well.

For whatever reason, it wasn’t all that obvious to viewers (or not to me, at least) that Black Panther’s presence in the film relied on computer graphics to capture the end result of what we saw on screen, but if you picked up a copy of the Blu-ray this past week you might have noticed the directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s reveal on the topic.

While speaking on Black Panther’s aesthetic, Joe Russo gives a shout out to ILM for their work on the character:

“[They] really did a ton of work on that outfit. I mean, we had an outfit that we used on set. It’s impossible when you’re talking about an otherworldly outfit like the one that the Panther wears, which has a certain luminescence to it because it’s made of a woven metal. We could never afford to construct an outfit like that that an actor or a stunt player could move around in without sweating to death or that would capture the luminescence that we need. So what we ended up doing in post is ILM came in and painted over Chadwick and the stuntman. The outfit is completely CG.”

Turns out Black Panther was just as CGI-heavy as Spider-Man in the movie. With pictures of the costume and other details released over time, its a bit of a surprise  to learn that the final version on screen is all computer graphics. It wasn’t immediately noticeable and looked pretty real, which of course is the goal. I think it’s safe to say they nailed it. With CGI this good, this should only bring reassurance to fans of the MCU that our favorite characters with more outlandish visual qualities are being brought to the big screen with real quality.

Just a reminder that we’ll get a full Black Panther solo film in February of 2018 in all of his CGI glory.

Source: ScreenCrush (via ComicBook)

Andrew McBride

Andrew McBride

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  • Loop Hughes

    It was kind of obvious.

  • Bill

    Oh yeah duh. This movie had some of the worst cg in a major blockbuster. Spiderman never once looked like he was actually there, Iron Man was really bad, any time they ever did cg combat which was quite frequently, it never looked right. The whole Bucky and cap vs iron man exchange was never fixed from the first trailer and is pretty bad animation. It’s shocking how bad it is

    • Peter James

      Cool story, bro.

    • Carl

      Or it was so incredible that people didn’t even realize when things were CGI like this article says…

      Best visual effects of the year in Civil War, not even a contest for that.

      • SAMURAI36

        And yet, Batman & Superman actually wear their own costumes. It’s all them in the suits, no CGI.

        • Math

          What are you talking about. They’ve added their capes in CG most of the time and you probably never even noticed how often they are fully CG.

        • Carl

          So when they are fighting there is no CGI? lol

  • Rajat sharma

    Captain America: Civil War – VFX Breakdown – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1lDfNzbPDs

    • SAMURAI36

      LMAO, so Boseman never even wore the BP suit?? Hilarious.

      • Andrew McBride

        he did wear something similar, it was just polished over with CGI

        • SAMURAI36

          Got any pics? Cuz the pics I posted above, were all stunt doubles in the suit.

          • Math

            Have you not watched the video that was posted in this very thread? He had a suit on though they completely replaced it. And before you say something stupid like they didn’t do that in BvS, you should take a look at the making of of that movie as well as they used that same exact technique quite often themselves.

          • SAMURAI36

            I did watch the vid. All it showed, was them CGI’ing his head on the BP suit, likely worn by a stunt double.
            In regard to BVS, the point is, the stars actually wore their respective suits.
            As much as I love BP (& for those that call me a Marvel hater, I REALLY LOVE BP) one of his flaws as a marketable character, is that his face is completely covered. It’s difficult to tell a personal story with him, because you can’t show facial expressions with the mask. It’s the reason why they made him take his mask off at the end of the film (for no real, discernable reason) to talk to Baron Zeno during this “emotional” moment (as can be seen in the VFX vid above).

            Even though Batman wears a mask as well, it only covers part of his face, & even then, you can see his eyes & mouth, the 2 main emotion expressers on a person’s face. Beyond that, he takes his cowl off quite often in these movies.

          • Math

            No. It’s usually the reverse. They added his CG body over his suit and kept the face.

      • Carl

        Hate, hate, hate, that’s all you spew at Marvel. Hilarious.

    • Carl

      Incredible work!

  • SAMURAI36

    Don’t know how people couldn’t tell this was CGI, when we were shown pics of the shoots, that looked like this:

    http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2015/08/12/12-black-panther-4.w529.h352.jpg

    And this:

    http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2015/08/12/12-black-panther-1.w600.h400.jpg

    And this:

    http://i0.wp.com/www.screengonzo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/black-panther-s.png

    Which looks nothing like this:

    http://www.screenrelish.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Black-Panther-Civil-War.jpg

    I mean, wow…. Marvel has really pulled the wool over you people’s eyes.

    • Axxell

      When you need set pictures to be able to tell when something is CGI…that’s when you know they’ve done a great job. Kudos to ILM.

      • Math

        Actually it’s Cinesite that did most of that job. I believe ILM only did him in the airport sequence. I think ILM were the main vendor and subcontracted that part of the work to another vendor. They do that often these days. They are responsible for calling the shots, but it’s the other vendor who does most of the work.

    • Carl

      More hate, man. Just stop hating, it’s pathetic.

      Marvel never said they weren’t using CGI. lol

      • SAMURAI36

        You don’t even know what you’re talking about, as per usual. BP was the best part of Silly War.

    • Math

      The CG looks good and some people never questioned themselves if it was CG or not. But who cares? They all do it… even your beloved DC movies are full of CG touch up… probably even more then this movie.

      • SAMURAI36

        Nope, I watched the BVS special effects vids. DC movies are far more organic than Marvel movies.

        • Math

          Not sure which video you saw, but the ones I saw showed how often they replaced part, if not all of their suits… even replacing their faces in some instances… and I’m not talking about far away shots, but in your face shots. I know. I work in CG and what they did was impressive. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m just saying you can’t criticize one movie for using this technique while the other movie you keep defending uses the exact same techniques.

  • It was rather obvious – there’s even bits in the Bucky vs Panther chase scene where you can see frame skipping in the movements.
    I don’t mind though – Ironman’s suit is just as CGI

    Too many people complain about CGI when I think 9 times out of 10 it’s perfectly fine =o

    • Andrew McBride

      agreed

  • Carl

    Yeah I never thought that the suit was all CGI. It’s incredible what they can do now. Civil War should win the best visual effects Oscar for sure. Well, unless Dr. Strange blows it away.