Hollywood’s Digital Salt Mines

a real image from a real movie

The most notable aspect of the two most recent Marvel movies—Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania—is just how bad they looked.

Marvel has always been FX-dependent, and that dependency has always led to some … odd things. Like, for instance, big, exciting battles that look as though they took place in an industrial park’s loading bay. Still, I think it’s fair to say that in the post-pandemic era, the visual FX work has gotten shoddier and shoddier. There’s a softness to both Wakanda Forever and Quantumania, a sense that no characters are ever really standing where they’re standing, an almost-fuzziness to the backgrounds.

Both of these movies stand in stark contrast to Avatar: The Way of Water, James...

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Feb 24th 2023
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