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Industrial Light & Magic Explains How It Created Key Avengers Shot

For those of you who can’t get enough of Marvel’s The Avengers, or peeks behind the scenes of movies, visual-effects powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic has released a video explaining how a key “tie-in” shot was created for the big New York City battle that brought the heroes together to fight as a team.

“While The Avengers posed many visual-efffects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the ‘tie-in’ shot during the third act of the film,” ILM states. “Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by ILM. The New York City environment that serves as the setting for this shot (and virtually the entire alien invasion) is computer generated by the visual effects team at ILM.”

A division of Lucasfilm, ILM also worked on Marvel’s Iron Man and Iron Man 2. With Disney’s $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, ILM and Marvel are now corporate siblings.


  • Docavalon

    thiswas my faorite part of the movie, not seeing a single character use thier power fo a single scene, but seeing a chaotic battlefield and well,….a “team” all in action at the same time….didn’t know so much went into it

  • matt

    I show 1 CG heavy movie to my intro to art classes (high school) every year to explain to them the process of how something goes from concept (drawing) to something greater. This year I showed Avengers but the blu ray has some of the WORST extra features on it. There was only 1 behind the scenes on how they designed the hellicarrier. I wanted a featurette on the hulk and iron man but got nothing. This above video is GREAT, i’m gonna show this video after the film. Its hard explaining to students what animatics are when the behind the scenes has barely any.

  • Ian

    Ditto, I too felt this was the single best scene in the entire movie.  I was really impressed by it.

  • dusk

    The 90s X-Men TAS had this kind of battle scenes all the time. I remember a battle where you see Rouge punching a guy off screen, but the camera remains focused on Gambit battle, and then he blows a hole in the floor, and the camera follows the guy he’s fighting down below where Wolverine is there fighting another guy. One of the best ideas of the decade that was, strangely, never replicated. Until now. Love it.

  • Mjolnir_uru

    Very nice. I loved the shot of Cap deflecting Iron Man’s repulsor blast into the Chatauri and loved learning more about how the shot was put together.