Much has been made of the many millions of dollars that Robert Downey Jr. has done playing Iron Man. A look at the art behind-the-scenes of the Marvel movies indicates that Marvel spent millions to make two different types of costumes: costumes and real costumes CG.
Both types have always been used at the same time, but in more recent films, the trend has been to use outfits CG, not only for Iron Man but also for the other Avengers. For example, the costumes of time travel that they used in Endgame were costumes of CG, despite the fact that don’t look like it.
How much of the suit of Iron Man was real?
Robert Downey Jr. | Tibrina Hobson / FilmMagic
There has been a great debate between the fans of the movies about how much CGI is really needed for a movie with lots of effects. There is the general perception that most of the blockbusters use computers to achieve their effects, but some argue that the excessive use that seems obviously false, and that there is something to say to continue using the actual product.
Consider the very different look of the trilogy of the prequel Star Wars, that was a big part of CG, and the trilogy of the sequel, which used both.
According to this breakdown in Stack Exchange, the first Iron Man films tended to use costumes practical with more frequency. With time, however, Marvel began to use more CG, first to certain sections of the suit, then later for almost everything. The change was made for one simple reason: it hurts to be Iron Man.
The site quotes from an article on i09 that says: “Robert Downey Jr. basically never used the full suit of Iron Man. That suit is really uncomfortable and pinched, says the animation director Marc Chu. And every time you see Iron Man with his armor, that is a representation of the CG Iron Man, or a specialist called a Clay.
Marvel innova from the beginning
While the Marvel movies are facing criticism for being full of antics generated by computer without actual interest, history shows that the company has adopted a reflective approach on how to shoot the action and effects. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man films, came to Marvel making movies that used practical effects, including Elf, which used a forced perspective to make Buddy the Elf is older than it really was.
Favreau tried to use an approach like that in the beginning, but also had to consider how to shoot the action. At that time, his films had not presented many scenes of action, so he studied other films to learn what to do and what not today, according to Gizmodo.
The article states that “talked about the flying scenes in-depth, and used Stealth as an example of how bad can be the scenes of flight”. They tried to emulate the look of the scenes flying in Top Gun and Battlestar Galactica that have a feeling of documentary ”.
At that time, wearing a suit in most physical seemed like the best idea, but the times have changed, Marvel changed, and Favreau also.
How to CGI or not to CGI?
While some filmmakers such as George Lucas swear by CGI, others such as Christopher Nolan, try to do as many effects in camera as you can. Its tendency is to use CGI only when you have to do that. For example, there is no other way of making Paris fold in on itself in Inception, which is not use computers. But in the same movie, where the characters fall in a room and they seem to be defying gravity, that’s not CGI. This is a rotating assembly.
Ironically, the Favreau has used CGI a lot more often than I used to. Your new version of Jungle Book for Disney has a credit at the end that says “Filmed in downtown Los Angeles”.
There was a jungle real to the view. When did the CGI Lion King last year, included only one take of images of live-action; with the remainder created completely in the computer, without the actors human at all.
Some of the upcoming Marvel movies, such as The Eternals and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness seem to depend on more characters cosmic, which require more CGI. On the other hand, they are making a hero expert in martial arts with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which can favour a more low-tech. Let Marvel always keep the public guessing.