CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR: VFX Video Shows The Magic Behind Black Panther

– by Joseph Medina

There are a lot of things that could have gone wrong with this year's Captain America: Civil War. By all accounts the film should've been overcrowded. It dealt with the issues of two main characters, and introduced two others who would play a more important role in future films, all in addition to the other eight or so heroes in supporting roles. Somehow, they managed to pull it off, and if you're like me, you were also left wondering how they were able to make Black Panther work.

The character itself is plenty intriguing, and the nation of Wakanda is ripe for storytelling, but the biggest surprise was the way they pulled off the suit. It was sleek and cat-like, but not so cat-like that it was hard to take seriously. More than anything, I wondered how the man in the costume didn't die of heatstroke, as it looked like a form-fitting and constricting leather-like substance -- something that would kill its wearer in the hot sun. Not to mention the mask, which looks like it has no air holes from which to breathe.

While listening to the commentary for the film, the Russos discussed how the trick behind the suit was that pretty much every frame had CG layer over it. Some shots had more touch-ups than other, but on the whole, the CG artists went to work at covering up some of the winkles in the clothing, and all the gaps that made the costume bearable for the wearer.

Now, a video has been released online that shows exactly what types of changes were made in several shots of the film.

Check it out below!

Videos like this certainly make one appreciate the amount of visual effects that are used in every film. While we often associated CG with big spectacles, the fact is there are usually dozens of effects that go unnoticed. While they may seem insignificant, they help make the filming process go smoother with the knowledge that they'll be able to pretty everything up later.

What did you think of the transformation done on the Black Panther? Do you wish they'd gone more practical? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Superhero Network



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