Marvel's Captain America & Thor Go 3D + The Gods First Look
With Comic-Con only one week away from kicking off, things are starting to get pretty exciting around here. In the first of what's sure to be many, many first look reveals, LA Times' Hero Complex blog has unveiled a photo of "the gods" from Marvel's Thor - Chris Hemsworth as Thor (left), Anthony Hopkins as Odin (front 'n center), and Tom Hiddleston as Thor's evil brother Loki (right). In addition to that photo, Hero Complex also reveals that Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will officially be going 3D, and to prove that it's a good decision, they've got some extravagant new quotes from the directors of both movies.
Before we get into the meat of this story, talking about 3D and what everyone thinks of Marvel's decision to venture into the third dimension, we should take a look at the new Thor photo. You can certainly bet there will be a lot more where this came from, but read on below for their quotes, until more Thor photos arrive!
After making that announcement, Geoff Boucher goes on to talk with Marvel's Kevin Feige, Thor director Kenneth Branagh, and Captain America director Joe Johnston. All three speak exhaustively about why they think going 3D is the right choice, despite the fact that both movies will NOT be shot in 3D (they even tested it on Captain America, but Johnston said it was "a nightmare" to shoot in 3D). "It's another draft of the story that can reveal itself in a different way. I had a healthy degree of skepticism up front," Branagh explains. "I've become somebody extremely excited about working with possibilities of doing it this way."
Branagh adds: "Is it led by story? Can this offer a different type of experience and exploit what we have in the story? It absolutely can… we travel very long distances in the movie and the opportunity to export and exploit the journey of the hero is really offered up as a great potential enhancement here." Uh, that sounds like a James Cameron speech, but I'm okay with that. Marvel's Kevin Feige pledges that "an unprecedented amount of time" will be devoted to the conversion process. He also says the films will benefit from the fact that the 3D choice was made early on "with passion and planning" and not in post-production. Why not just shoot with 3D cameras from the start? Come on, Marvel! When has converted 3D EVER looked good?
Feige makes another plea: "In being able to think in 3D from the start -- and having every bit of our special effects rendered in true 3D -- we have the opportunity to do it right," he says. "When you're working with a director like Ken Branagh or Joe Johnston, they're not going to settle for less than perfect image. They're not going to settle for something that isn't up to the artistry of everything else they've done on the film. They're not going to put on some overlay in the last 10/12 weeks of post-production for a fiscal reason." I'll hold him to that. Let's hope they turn out amazing, as I don't want these two movies ruined by shitty 3D.
So, all you Marvel fans, what say you? Was it a good idea for Marvel to finally go 3D with Thor and Captain America? Will you watch in 2D or 3D? Concerned about converting? Read the full story on Hero Complex!