Over the last two weeks or so, a number of VFX houses have been releasing reels that showcase their CGI work on Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios/Disney probably gave the greenlight to all of these companies after the movie's Blu-Ray became available on August 14.
The latest reel comes from the German-based RISE, depicting VFX work on a number of distinct sequences that include: Team Cap's arrival in Wakanda, Tony and Pepper's stroll in Central Park, Doctor Strange's magical portal, Bucky's arm, the Wakandan landscape, and, above all, the movie's post-credits sequence with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).
One thing you'll notice in the behind-the-scenes look at the "Paging Captain Marvel" scene is that RISE had to erase a Dunkin' Donuts sign for the final look—probably for trademark/licensing reasons. It looks like Thanos's Gauntlet snap not only got rid of people, it also did away with donut-related imagery. We hate to break it to you, but the MCU ain't runnin' on Dunkin' anymore, folks.
Watch the VFX video below:
When it came to the Africa scene, the sequence was actually shot on a large ranch in Georgia. While a lot of it was practical (they built a manmade river and planted trees indigenous to Africa), the post-production VFX folks had the big responsibility of turning the background into this eye-popping African landscape of trees, jungles, and mountains.
"Anything you see off in the distance, we're replacing with plates and textures from Africa itself," says Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Deeluw in the movie's featurette "Beyond The Battle: Wakanda."
"We actually had to work in tandem with [Black Panther director] Ryan Coogler," adds co-director Joe Russo. "He and his team had maps of Wakanda and that was very helpful to us, so that we could look at where we wanted to place the battle, understand strategy. It's literally like doing a Jenga puzzle."
So many companies have been releasing videos like this because, according to Joe, the production needed to utilize nearly every major VFX house in the world. With almost 3,000 VFX shots in the two-and-a-half hour film, they needed to delegate and outsorce different segments of the movie, so that it could be finished in time for its theatrical release this past April.