[[wysiwyg_imageupload:691:]]The special effects supervisor on The Avengers movie, Chris Wells, gives some information as to what movie goers can expect before the opening credits roll.
"We're doing what essentially boils down to the prelude of the movie," Wells told Starburst Magazine. "There's a whole intro that happens before you start even getting the titles and it's pretty big. There's nothing small in this movie. I went to a screening with all the temporary visual effects and it was pretty fleshed out. It's a long movie but it doesn't feel like it. Out of all the comic book movies and franchises I've worked on, this is the best one I've seen so far."
With the cast of The Avengers consisting of so many different characters who are appearing on film for the first time, Wells offers that the movie starts off very character driven, but then the -- you know what -- hits the fan!
"I think they nailed both," he said. "Joss and I have worked on some projects before and he does a very good job with characters. Since this is the first time that we see these guys together as a unit, he had to address all their personal dealings with one another. I think he did a very good job of setting up the characters based on what we know from the Marvel franchise, integrating them together with all their differences and similarities and then getting on with business. And just when you think the movie is a character piece it just goes nuts."
While Wells would not discuss the identity of any of the villains, he did confirm that there will be no Red Skull. Wells then spoke how comic book fans, and particularly Hulk fans, should like this one.
"I promise you it's not going to be boring," he said. "This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the comics and haven't really liked the way some of the characters were treated in other movies, I think they're going to be a little more appeased by this one. Especially the Hulk. They let the Hulk be Hulk and that's great. He acts more like the comic book Hulk. It's fun. My biggest problem with every single superhero movie is I don't think the payoff ever matches the build up. This one definitely does."
For more with Chris Wells check out the March issue of Starburst Magazine.
The Avengers assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
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