Watch: Cool 'Iron Man 3' Visual Effects Sequences Deconstructions

May 13, 2013
Source: Geek Tyrant

Iron Man 3

Right now Iron Man 3 is just $50 million shy of hitting $1 billion worldwide, and it should hit that milestone by the end of the week. In the meantime, for those who have already seen the film (and even those who haven't), we have a few cool looks behind the scenes at the visual effects put to use in the Marvel blockbuster. One video dives behind the scenes of an effects heavy action sequence while another shows how part of the plane sequence featured in previous promotional materials was pieced together. But one of the more surprising sequences is a short and sweet shot of James Badge Dale that didn't even look like a visual effects shot on the big screen. That last video has a minor spoiler, so be wary. Watch them below!

Here are the cool VFX deconstructions from Shane Black's Iron Man 3 via Geek Tyrant:

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) working from a script that he co-wrote with Drew Pearce. Actor Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark and Iron Man in this sequel described as a technological crisis thriller in the midst of international war, taking place after the events of The Avengers. Sir Ben Kinglsey is playing Iron Man's arch nemesis Mandarin and Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Dale Dickey, Ashley Hamilton, James Badge Dale and Jon Favreau all co-star in the Marvel Studios production. Disney brought Marvel's Iron Man 3 to theaters May 3rd. See it right now!

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I'm confused as to why they went the CGI route for the armor's helmets. I know they used to go practical with those (at least sometimes), and at least for me, I found the faux shadowing to be slightly off. Not saying it was terrible, but is going with practical effects for the armor that much more expensive or maybe fake looking?

Phillip Gockel on May 13, 2013


Yup, had the same conversation with my girlfriend after opening night.

Phillip Gockel on May 13, 2013


Completely agree and then some. It's these small things that really throw me out of the experience because of the attention I'm supposed to give to the actor's face and subsequently that horrible shadow. I'm actually more forgiving towards other aspects of movies. I know I'm nitpicking and I can still move on afterwards, but I just dislike these moments. Somehow I always felt to be in the minority of people who get thrown off by these things and at times I wish I just couldn't notice them... No way to turn it off 🙁

Neuromancer on May 13, 2013


I'm not doing it anymore, but I started off in computer animation, so I completely understand your pain.

Phillip Gockel on May 14, 2013


Yup. Thought the shadowing was obvious as well. It's not like I knew exactly what they did, but something was off.

Krishna Shenoi on May 13, 2013


Regardless if you thought the movie was good or not, that sequence with the falling flight crew was amazingly well done.

DAVIDPD on May 13, 2013


The film was Meh overall for me, but the action sequences in general were fantastic and immersive....just wish there was more of them.

Cody W on May 13, 2013


Lethal Weapon Man... Marvel needs to re-evaluate how the round table directs these films. I know Shane Black was the director, but we all know who's making the big decisions.

Django on May 13, 2013


Does anyone know why Industrial Light & Magic didn't work on this film?

John on May 14, 2013


Why isn't firstshowing covering the agents of shield tv show? I know it's television and you don't do that very often, but shouldn't you make an exception seeing as it ties in with the movie universe?

Junglejim on May 14, 2013


The plant is kind of pointless.

Ron on May 15, 2013

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