“The Avengers is Big. Really Big,” Says SFX Chief Chris Wells

Special effects chief Chris Wells, whose most recent claim to fame is working on The Avengers, coming in May, has been perusing the nerd circles as of late, giving a ton of interviews about his thoughts on how the movie turned out.  As it turns out, Wells says, “It’s big!”  In fact, he says this movie will dwarf any other Marvel production, and according to Wells, “It’s long, but it doesn’t feel like it.”

Apparently the movie starts with a huge action scene before we even get to the opening credits, acting as a preamble to the story with which you’re about to be bombarted.

According to Wells, “The thing has gone so big that Marvel is dwarfing their other franchises.  For people who enjoy 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 pleased 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.”

Wells continued, “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.”

My only question is this: Just how big is it?  Oh yeah, that’s right.  Really big.  I’m glad we cleared that up.  Joking aside, I can’t wait for this movie.  Joss Whedon has been a beloved cult icon for many years, but with The Avengers, I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t prove himself worth of, if not better than, the mainstream.


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