Less than 3% of Avengers: Infinity War Had No VFX

Avengers: Infinity War cleaned up earlier this week at the 2019 Visual Effects Society Awards for its groundbreaking work on photorealistic effects. Now, it’s been revealed just how many shots in the third Avengers movie had zero added effects. According to Visual Effects Supervisor Dan DeLeeuw, who spoke with CinemaBlend, not many.

We’d come in on the weekends and then we’d scrub through the film and see what they’ve (The Russos) done, and see what’s tweaked and what’s not. And so during the scrub, if we hit a shot that doesn’t have a number on it yet — because the number means there’s visual effects on it, you kind of check it out and make sure there’s no effects, and we’re like, ‘Yeah!’ We got to cheer like 80 times. 80 out of… well, there’s 2,623 visual effects shots in the film.”

So, with over 2,700 total shots in the film, and only 80 that had no effects, meaning less than 3% of the scenes in Infinity War were shot as-is, without digital enhancements.

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An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War did bring the ultimate, deadliest showdown to the big screen. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Infinity War starred Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, and Josh Brolin. Anthony and Joe Russo directed the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and the late Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.