AVENGERS: ENDGAME VFX Breakdown Reveals That The Robotic Arnim Zola Made A Cameo Appearance

AVENGERS: ENDGAME VFX Breakdown Reveals That The Robotic Arnim Zola Made A Cameo Appearance

AVENGERS: ENDGAME VFX Breakdown Reveals That The Robotic Arnim Zola Made A Cameo Appearance

We met the robotic version of Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but did you spot the villain in Avengers: Endgame? A new VFX breakdown reveals where he was hidden in the Marvel movie...

The Avengers: Endgame Easter Eggs keep on coming, and this latest effort may have never been spotted if it wasn't for London-based VFX company Cinesite. In their VFX breakdown reel, we get to see the work they did on the massive superhero ensemble, and that includes a sneaky cameo for Arnim Zola!

As you'll no doubt recall, when Tony Stark travels back to 1970, he meets his father Howard (who is looking for Zola at the time). Far in the background of that scene is a computer monitor with Zola's robotic face on it. That was, of course, something we saw directly in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it interacted with Steve Rogers and Black Widow.

Zola died in 1972, so it's clear from this Easter Egg that he was working on transferring his consciousness into these computers shortly before that happened. The villain spent decades as a computer programme working against S.H.I.E.L.D. on HYDRA's behalf, and the video below confirms that his voice can also be heard in Avengers: Endgame

What do you guys make of this latest Easter Egg?

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Captain Marvel leads the charge as Earth's Mightiest Heroes hover over Titan II and attempt to formulate a plan to take down Thanos and bring the trillions who died back to life.


In this before and after shot, we see how the ship the team travelled in was enhanced with visual effects and outer space was added in the background. Sean Gunn is also replaced with Rocket!


This is a particularly interesting shot as we see how those effects surrounding Captain Marvel were created. We also see that some changes were made to the colour of the hero's costume. 


With the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy dead and gone, Rocket was given the spotlight and pretty much became an Avenger as a result. Needless to say, he looked awesome in this movie. 

Captain Marvel's costume has undergone some changes since her first appearance in the 1990s, but this suit didn't last particularly long as the 2023 version was obviously completely redesigned. 

The Guardians' ship hovers over Titan II, and this is a gorgeous piece of imagery. Moments later, Thanos would be decapitated by Thor and that would set the 2014 version on his quest for revenge.






These revealing before and after images show how the battle between the two versions of Captain America was created. It was an impressive sequence and clearly not that easy to put together. 

The team blasts into outer space here as the imagery introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showing how spaceships essentially enter lightspeed made its return in Avengers: Endgame


Who would have guessed that Stormbreaker was entirely CGI? Then again, considering the fact that it passed right by Brie Larson's head, it's understandable that Marvel didn't want to risk anything!

Many thanks to Art of VFX for the images used in this post!
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