Hulk Render! Does The 'Avengers' VFX Reel Warrant Oscar Gold?

Jen Yamato
Movieline.com
Hulk Render! Does The 'Avengers' VFX Reel Warrant Oscar Gold?
Hulk Render! Does The 'Avengers' VFX Reel Warrant Oscar Gold?

Since we can now utter the words "the Oscar-nominated Marvel's The Avengers," let's take a closer look at all that visual effects magic that went into making Joss Whedon's blockbuster superhero pic such a bombastic VFX achievement. More specifically, as is apparent in ILM's recently-released Oscar VFX reel, take a gander at the digital wizardry that bore Mark RuffaHulk and the maelstrom of Chitauri invaders and explosions and costumed superheroes that went into The Avengers' carefully orchestrated chaos of a final showdown.

The Avengers is up for the Visual Effects Academy Award against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus, and Snow White and the Huntsman. (I'm a bit surprised to see The Impossible's tsunami VFX not on this list, especially after Hereafter's similar waterworks earned an Oscar nod, but it's a crowded field.)

In an Indiewire roundtable I guested on yesterday, Devin Faraci of Badass Digest pointed out that this category feels like it boils down to the character-based VFX achievements of The Hobbit and The Avengers. I'd lean towards the shiny new Gollum, but ILM's reel highlights just how much environment-smashing action was crafted for The Avengers in addition to creating the most lifelike Hulk we've seen in Marvel's last few big-screen attempts. Then again, Richard Parker could roar out of nowhere and steal the category outright. What say you, Oscar-watchers?

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