See the Making of Black Panther’s CG Suit in the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Visual Effects Reel
Recently we learned that every single shot of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War was CG. Chadwick Boseman and his stunt double wore a practical suit on set, but the final costume was entirely animated. Now a new video shows how the magic was done.
A visual effects reel from VFX company and animation studio Cinesite, who also worked on Iron Man 3, shows the impressive CG work that went into Captain America: Civil War. The video shows the character animation behind Black Panther, breaking down the layers and details that went into creating his intricate costume and claws. The video also shows the creation of Hydra’s Siberian base and the CG in the Spider-Man post-credits scene.
Cinesite was just one of many visual effects houses that worked on the film. Co-director Joe Russo spoke about ILM’s work on Black Panther’s suit, which had to be created in post-production due to the cost and technicalities of the costume. “We could never afford to construct an outfit like that that an actor or a stunt player could move around in without sweating to death or that would capture the luminescence that we need,” Russo revealed in the movie’s Blu-ray commentary.
It’s pretty incredible the movie was able to make CG look so seamless and undetectable with Black Panther. But can Marvel pull it off again for the superhero’s solo movie? That’s a heck of a lot of CG.