Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso was the keynote speaker at the Visual Effects Society Production Summit in Los Angeles over the weekend. During her talk, she confirmed that the highly-anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron” boasts over 3,000 visual effects shots – the most of any movie in Marvel history.
That tops the previous record of 2,750 VFX shots by the studio for this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2,500 for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. In order to accomodate this load, between seven and twelve visual effects companies in five to seven different countries have been hired to work on the film currently in the midst of post-production.
With Warners setting the date for a standalone “Wonder Woman” movie, Alonso was asked when Marvel will make a female-lead superhero movie. She said (via MoviePilot):
“If it were up to me, it would be today. We have so much pressure internally for everything we do, we don’t need outside pressure. We are always so hard on ourselves. The success of superheroes, whether ours or others, is success for all of us. But I will be honored to be part of a woman leading the way.”
Back to “Avengers,” and Heat Vision reports that Robert Downey Jr. scored an unexpected gift from Marvel recently – a recreation of the 30-foot-tall “A” that appeared on the Stark Tower sign in “The Avengers”. Downey told BBC Radio One:
“On the last Avengers, there’s this scene where there’s this ‘A’ which is probably 30 feet tall, and I’m looking at it, and we’re shooting in England, and I go, ‘I need that in my office in Venice,’. About two weeks ago, a wheeler showed up, I’m like, ‘What the heck is this doing here?’ ” he said. “And they go, ‘This is the ‘A’ you asked for.’ And I go, ‘They brought it?’ So now we have a massive Avengers ‘A’ that will be prominently placed.”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is currently slated for a May 1st, 2015 release.