VFX Breakdown For Marvel's THOR: THE DARK WORLD

The award-winning international visual effects company, Method Studios, has released a new breakdown video detailing the digital effects that their crew created for Thor: The Dark World.

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By nailbiter111 - 4/10/2014

Making of Thor The Dark World by Method Studios by CGMeetup
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD was directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones") and will be coming to DVD soon. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston, and Idris Elba.
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Bl00dwerK - 4/10/2014, 5:09 PM
Mew Mew!
marvel72 - 4/10/2014, 5:16 PM
very good movie,second best of phase 2. 4/5
GodzillaKart - 4/10/2014, 5:16 PM
Interesting!
AlexanderLykins - 4/10/2014, 5:22 PM
Thought the CGI was spotty.
ThePowerCosmic - 4/10/2014, 5:25 PM
Watched this again last night. Excellent film. Gets better with each viewing.
Shaanyboi - 4/10/2014, 5:27 PM
man, X-Men First Class had a good soundtrack... Funny to see Marvel Studios reusing it.
EpitomeofAwesome - 4/10/2014, 5:31 PM
Great movie
Titanace - 4/10/2014, 5:40 PM
I like the first Thor better but the Dark World was still enjoyable.
MightyZeus - 4/10/2014, 5:42 PM
The movie was okay but the visual effects where great.
batz11 - 4/10/2014, 6:05 PM
Great stuff Nail...glad you post this FX and concept art stuff here on cbm, just don't know what I enjoy more, that, or the cosplay ;)

I loved this movie...though wished there was 10-15 more minutes of Malekith/Dark Elves/Kurse scenes/backstories...would have been an even better movie...was hoping there would be a lot of deleted scenes on the DVD or a director's cut, I haven't bought it yet, is there only one deleted scene with Malekith? Thought that's what I heard...
ALmazing - 4/10/2014, 6:05 PM
I wouldn't want to be the guys who had to roto things out on these shots.
MrMartinMarvel - 4/10/2014, 6:08 PM
I really like the movie, but it's far from great. If they had only cut back on the goofy comedy, developed Malekith even just a little bit, and made it a half our longer it would probably be one of the best CBMs of all time.
Ramiel - 4/10/2014, 6:30 PM
I'm surprised Charlie hasn't been in here talking about how much he hated this film...lol
Ramiel - 4/10/2014, 6:43 PM
This movie would have been epic if the movie had the same running time as Cap 2. They would have been able to have longer battles, more Malekith, Kurse, Sif, and the Warriors Three. Also, instead of the Dark Elves having dark matter guns, they should have used Elven magic, swords, and recurve bows. Some of the Asgardians should have been wielding axes.
3DWitchHunt - 4/10/2014, 6:56 PM
Saw this again recently, and damn was it mediocre. A big bag of meh.
DrDoom - 4/10/2014, 7:11 PM
Awesome movie . . . . but too much was cut out.

This movie is BEGGING for an extended cut. Hoping to see it on the Phase Two boxset.
RR51 - 4/10/2014, 7:31 PM
@Turk, I don't think Alan Taylor was the problem, there are some great moments in the film, ultimately the script was just quite bland, from the villain, Thor-Jane relationship, the unnecessary humor.

Anyway, I really hope Thor uses more lightning against his enemies, he is the "God of Thunder" after all.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/10/2014, 7:32 PM
For a company that claims to allow their directors a lot of freedom, Alan Taylor, director of THOR TDW doors time marvel Ayer his experience with them. Said they didn't allow him to do much.
patrat18 - 4/10/2014, 7:49 PM
Boring as hell.
BasedThanos - 4/10/2014, 7:51 PM
@ComicsBornAndBred
And it shows they didn't let Taylor do anything. Movie was so meh.
BasedThanos - 4/10/2014, 7:53 PM
"Also, instead of the Dark Elves having dark matter guns, they should have used Elven magic, swords, and recurve bows. Some of the Asgardians should have been wielding axes."

^This^
mckilla - 4/10/2014, 8:28 PM
Cool video, awful movie. I felt like it was directed by Tyler Perry
aztecRaingod - 4/10/2014, 8:46 PM
The movie was not would I would have done, but it still came out good regardless (unlike Iron Shit3)

The SFX were absolutely top notch.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/10/2014, 9:23 PM
Thor 2 was a very enjoyable film. Before Cap 2 it was my #1 solo marvel film. It needed a longer run time but I very much enjoyed it. It was far from average as the general audience enjoyed it as well. It hold a 80% or so from the GA. That's very good. Cap 2 has a 95% now that's a classic. ;)
ThePowerCosmic - 4/10/2014, 9:28 PM
Mckilla

Give me a break. No way it was that bad.
0megaDaGod - 4/10/2014, 9:45 PM
All it needed was another 20 minutes and a stronger arc for Thor. Otherwise, movie was beastly
TheRationalNerd - 4/10/2014, 11:27 PM
Meh, the whole evil period blood was a snooze fest! lol Get Thor 3 right. Less earth, more Asgard, Asgardian Humor, worthy/girthy villain= A+!
MightOfMagneto - 4/11/2014, 12:01 AM
Visuals! The only good thing about this movie!


MightOfMagneto - 4/11/2014, 12:02 AM
Damn... This movie and Ironman 3 nearly destroyed the entire Phase 2. Fortunately, The Winter Soldier is so good that it out-weights all the below-mediocre quality of the first 2 movies of Phase II.
BlackFlash - 4/11/2014, 12:59 AM
The only problem I have with Thor is that they seem to limit his power by a huge amount, apart from that I like TDW and have Watched Thor more then any other Marvel movie.
OdinSon2k14 - 4/11/2014, 5:29 AM
Thor 2 fell short of what I wanted, a 120+ minute runtime and one of Thor's HUGE (theather screen friendly) adversaries like Mangog, Ymir, Surtur, etc. They only throw the "little guys" at Thor in the solo flicks, while Joss When knew to put Thor up against mutated green monsters and gigantic chitauri monsters :).

That being said, since I never cared about average, boring characters like Cap and Iron Man in my collecting days, I still like TDW better than Cap 2. We can always put pressure on Marvel Studios to get it right for Thor 3. We dont have to bury the character because Cap 2 is this fad phenomenon.

About the blu ray that someone was asking about, theres a short deleted scene of Malekith and Algrim talking about tbe aether being stolen, nothing special. I liked the deleted scene with Volstagg exaggerating the heroism and bravery in his nine realms adventures, as this was how he was in the Thor: Tales of Asgard animated movie :D.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/11/2014, 6:02 AM
Clearly blind folks seen Thor 2 because Malekith was a worthy villain as was Kurse. Thor's power level was very much exhibited. Thor isn't storm wielding the weather all the time as he is a super brute without his hammer. Some more backstory for malekith and the dark elves as well as more scenes with the warriors three would have probably put this film up there with Cap 2 and the avengers but what could we do. Still a mighty worthy fun film in phase 2. Iron Man 3 was a great personal journey for tony as well. Marvel films. Are better received than 90% of all comicbook films. Only a handful can be compared or compete. But back on point nothing was beating the sfx in this film. It raised the bar on that front. ;)
marvel72 - 4/11/2014, 7:13 AM
the only problems i had with the movie were

-darcy
-eric selvig
-the interns intern
-jane foster
Nomis1800 - 4/11/2014, 8:49 AM
Damn what an underwhelming film.

It doesn't have an interesting story. The characters are just there and don't do really that much. The film is empty and easy to forget. It tries to be emotional in which it also fails. Frigga suddenly has a bigger role but then she dies but pretty much no one says something about it. Only a memorial and that's it.
Loki does what exactly? Another simple/shameful joker rip-off performance of Hiddleston with a hollow character.

The dialogues are cringeworthy, not a single scene in the entire film is memorable. It's nowhere as spectacular as it could've been. Sif is barely there. They hint at a love triangle but no. Apparently the Dark Elves attacking London and the Nine Realms (who look really uninspiring and empty) in the same line is obviously not that big of a deal. I think the army got involved… Sort of. O yeah, they flew into another realm and came back just in time. Sigh. Not to forget, where are the other Avengers? And please don't give me that the reason for them not to be there is that everything happens at once. Even that should've been said. And is a pretty weak explanation in itself.

The Dark World, what dark world? It's just a wasteland with an odd sky. Really, the designs in this films are as simple as if they didn't had enough time to develop.

Malekith. Who? Another unimpressive and forgettable villain of the MCU. The best villain so far was Obadiah Stane and even he (éven though played by the great Bridges) was underwhelming. So Malekith, one of those Dark Elves who wants darkness… His character isn't well developed nor is he daunting in any scene (since he is the villain, you'd expect him to be). The fight between him and Thor is bland and not so exciting as they want it to be. Not to forget that apparently his own ship is able to crush him to death in the dark world… for real…

Not to forget Selvig, another great actor wasted in such a role. He does not only appear once naked on screen (blurred out) but at least three times. Poor Skarsgard, he's too good for this.

I could go on an on since there are too many failures in this film. It's unwatchable. I'm surprised I managed to watch the entire film. Even though I watched it in three parts. It was too painful and laughable (not in a positive way).

I love the Marvel superheroes, even though most of them are owned by other studios. But it's a smack in the face to see what they're doing with the MCU. And not to the first after credit bit of the film… Now GotG looks really awful. Poor poor poor Benicio Del Toro, great in The Usual Suspects and Traffic and now in that rubbish. I feel bad for him. He's also too good for this. But yeah, money.

But of course, GotG is gonna make some decent money but I surely won't see it in theater, it comes damn close to slapstick. As for Avengers 2… It's a shame Whedon directs, since he directed the first film as a tv film which was not in it's favor. I'm not looking forward to it.
JayTopStix - 4/11/2014, 10:27 AM
@Nomis, just to tick you off, I seriously believe it's better than Winter Soldier by a hundred miles
BasedThanos - 4/11/2014, 12:41 PM
@Jay
Better than Winter Soldier?? The [frick]? Are you serious?
Nomis1800 - 4/11/2014, 3:50 PM
@JayTopSix: Every time a new MCU movie is released they say it's the best yet. And oh were they wrong before (IM3,Thor2). Of all the Avengers, Steve Rogers is the most interesting character who was seriously underlit in Avengers. I hope The Winter Soldier is a good film but I can wait till the blu-ray. So far, it doesn't look so special to me.

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