It's a particularly exciting time to be a Marvel fan. As Phase Three of the MCU continues on, a ton of new and exciting characters are being introduced alongside favorites like Iron Man and Black Widow. And characters both new and old will unite before we know it, when Avengers: Infinity War finally hits theaters next year. Infinity War is likely going to be the biggest blockbuster event in quite some time, as years of time and money will payoff as the MCU's finest unite to battle Thanos. And now it appears that there may be more CGI characters than the shared universe has ever seen.
Guardians of the Galaxy actor Sean Gunn plays Rocket Raccoon on set (before Bradley Cooper records the dialogue), in addition to this supporting role in the franchise. And when speaking about the process of filming Infinity War with Movie Pilot, Gunn revealed hat the team-up film may contain more CGI characters than we thought. He said,
I can tell you that the process for Rocket has been very similar to the Guardians movies. If anything, it's even more painstaking, because there are even more CGI characters around. In Guardians 2, Baby Groot was there the whole time, but the rest of the time was mostly with other live actors. In Avengers, there are several other characters who are CGI enhanced that I've interacted with, which makes the process a little more deliberate.
Now this is intriguing. The Guardians franchise has always contained plenty of CGI goodness through Groot and Rocket, and now it appears that there will be more CGI characters joining the universe, further complicating the process of shooting and editing Infinity War. But who could these characters would be?
The most obvious choice is Paul Bettany's Vision. While Bettany is able to shoot with his co-stars, Vision's appearance must be modified in post in order to get just the right type of android goodness. Additionally, Josh Brolin certainly doesn't look like Thanos naturally, so the big bad of the film may be referenced by Sean Gunn as well.
And then there's another possibility. With Avengers: Infinity War uniting all the separate Marvel properties, it's a logistical nightmare to get all of the respective A-listers together for large ensemble scenes. So perhaps Sean Gunn is referencing the fact that actors will be added to scenes in post through CGI. This strategy would certainly muddle the process of shooting, as characters both human or otherwise may be absent during scenes, and then added during the editing process. Honestly, how are the Russo Brothers expected to actually assemble every member of the Avengers, Guardians, as well as Thanos' side of things? It's just too much.
Alas, we'll just have to wait and see how it all goes down when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list, and don't miss a single installment of the MCU.