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SFX Supervisor Chris Wells says why The Avengers is the best superhero movie he's ever seen

Feb. 16, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Hydraulx is the Special Effects company behind a few movies you may know, including GREEN LANTERN, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, THE BOOK OF ELI, 2012, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. And on all of those I just mentioned, Chris Wells was the supervisor. This is important to know because these are the people (with Chris Wells in charge again) that are crafting the opening sequence to THE AVENGERS, and after seeing a rough cut of the thing here's what Well had to say in a recent interview:

Hulk Concept Art"We're doing... 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."  Insofar as any thoughts about what comes after that opening sequence go: "I think they nailed both [the character development and the action]. Joss and I have worked on some projects before and he does a very good job with characters. Since this is the first time that we see these guys together as a unit, he had to address all their personal dealings with one another. I think he did a very good job of setting up the characters based on what we know  from the Marvel franchise, integrating them together with all their differences and similarities and then getting on with business. And just when you think the movie is a character piece it just goes nuts."

Wells finished up by saying that while he isn't much of a fan of superhero movies (despite having worked on quite a few),THE AVENGERS has gone far beyond his expectations. "I promise you it's not going to be boring,' he said. 'This thing has gone so big that Marvel are dwarfing their other franchises. For people who enjoy the 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 appeased 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."

Extra Tidbit: As much as I do really enjoy Scarlett Johansson's work, I still wish we could have had Emily Blunt as Black Widow...
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9:46AM on 02/16/2012

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I agree completely !
I agree completely !
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10:24AM on 02/16/2012

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10:30AM on 02/16/2012
I swear if it wasn't for the (up until now) very underrated by Hollywood, Mr Joss Whedon, my expectations would have been quite low regarding this hyper-crowded project.. but damn I believe in the man! Serenity is by far one of the greatest surprises I've ever had in Sci-Fi world
I swear if it wasn't for the (up until now) very underrated by Hollywood, Mr Joss Whedon, my expectations would have been quite low regarding this hyper-crowded project.. but damn I believe in the man! Serenity is by far one of the greatest surprises I've ever had in Sci-Fi world
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12:42PM on 02/16/2012
Awesome insight. I love this quote... "It's a long movie but it doesn't feel like it." I pray they cut NOTHING and it keeps a long running time!!!
Awesome insight. I love this quote... "It's a long movie but it doesn't feel like it." I pray they cut NOTHING and it keeps a long running time!!!
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12:47PM on 02/16/2012

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I actually REALLY wanted Emily for the part of Catwoman. Her role in Adjustment Bureau only made me want it more
As for the story... well what else was he supposed to say? I'm actually more interested whether Whedon can deliver on his promise of "Glengarry Glenn Ross with superheroes" than in huge explosions and "big" action
I actually REALLY wanted Emily for the part of Catwoman. Her role in Adjustment Bureau only made me want it more
As for the story... well what else was he supposed to say? I'm actually more interested whether Whedon can deliver on his promise of "Glengarry Glenn Ross with superheroes" than in huge explosions and "big" action
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3:01PM on 02/16/2012
Nope, I meant Catwoman, there was a time when she was rumored for that part as well and I felt that she would be perfect for that particular part. As Black Widow she would also be a step up but like you I don't really mind Johansson, though I would prefer the more voluptuous Scarlett from a few years back
Nope, I meant Catwoman, there was a time when she was rumored for that part as well and I felt that she would be perfect for that particular part. As Black Widow she would also be a step up but like you I don't really mind Johansson, though I would prefer the more voluptuous Scarlett from a few years back
2:34PM on 02/16/2012
Don't you mean the part of Black Widow? I felt the same but I'm not bothered by Johansson. Blunt would have been better but she did her homeworks.
Don't you mean the part of Black Widow? I felt the same but I'm not bothered by Johansson. Blunt would have been better but she did her homeworks.
1:35PM on 02/16/2012
If he had worked on The Dark Knight Rises instead he'd probably say that was the best superhero movie he's seen. Too subjective to count.
If he had worked on The Dark Knight Rises instead he'd probably say that was the best superhero movie he's seen. Too subjective to count.
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2:41PM on 02/16/2012
Sounds good and I definitely hope they keep the long running time.
Sounds good and I definitely hope they keep the long running time.
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2:45PM on 02/16/2012

wouldn't doubt it, looks like the best one already!

as for tidbit: gotta agree, I like Scarlett but in all honestly she's not THAT hot as Black Widow... would've much rather have seen Blunt or someone else... but hey, at least it's not Anne Hathaway ugh (thumbs down away)
as for tidbit: gotta agree, I like Scarlett but in all honestly she's not THAT hot as Black Widow... would've much rather have seen Blunt or someone else... but hey, at least it's not Anne Hathaway ugh (thumbs down away)
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3:24PM on 02/16/2012

I just know

that this movie is going to suck. Someone please quote me now. Remember that I warned you. Watch em give this movie 8/10 just to make a point. We all know it's gonna be one big bloated craptacular shitstravaganza with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. As for the special FX, watch the trailer and witness exhibit A of what sort of FX we're in for: Independence Day style explosions throwing cars end over end. Whooptie-fucking-do
that this movie is going to suck. Someone please quote me now. Remember that I warned you. Watch em give this movie 8/10 just to make a point. We all know it's gonna be one big bloated craptacular shitstravaganza with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. As for the special FX, watch the trailer and witness exhibit A of what sort of FX we're in for: Independence Day style explosions throwing cars end over end. Whooptie-fucking-do
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2:03AM on 02/17/2012
And what type of action would YOU like in YOUR Avengers movie? What would make you happy?? Maybe seeing the Avengers play poker and eat chips? Like maybe it's a day off at Avengers Mansion and they sit around and talk about their childhoods and pains and so and so?
And what type of action would YOU like in YOUR Avengers movie? What would make you happy?? Maybe seeing the Avengers play poker and eat chips? Like maybe it's a day off at Avengers Mansion and they sit around and talk about their childhoods and pains and so and so?
9:58PM on 02/16/2012
U need to stop smokin that crack
U need to stop smokin that crack
7:36PM on 02/16/2012
Here's a song I wrote, it goes:

Didn't see Iron Man,
Didn't see Thor,
Didn't see Ghost Rider,
Didn't see Captain America,
Didn't see Daredevil,
Didn't see Hulk,
Didn't see Incredible Hulk,

(chorus)

But I might see the Avengers, I just don't know yet.
Here's a song I wrote, it goes:

Didn't see Iron Man,
Didn't see Thor,
Didn't see Ghost Rider,
Didn't see Captain America,
Didn't see Daredevil,
Didn't see Hulk,
Didn't see Incredible Hulk,

(chorus)

But I might see the Avengers, I just don't know yet.
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2:06AM on 02/17/2012
So you didn't see any good movies in a while? And your point is?
GAHHH!! On top of losing YOUR time writing your stupid "song" you are making ME lose MY time replying to your comment. Damn you!!!
So you didn't see any good movies in a while? And your point is?
GAHHH!! On top of losing YOUR time writing your stupid "song" you are making ME lose MY time replying to your comment. Damn you!!!
8:33PM on 02/16/2012
BS! I'm calling your bluff. Why would you even be remotely interested in this article if you hadn't seen any of the movies you mentioned?
BS! I'm calling your bluff. Why would you even be remotely interested in this article if you hadn't seen any of the movies you mentioned?
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