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Marvel Studios Used CGI for Key Scene in Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3. Some loved the film while others chose to forget it (We’re talking about you Mandarin). Nonetheless, the ending moments of the movie heavily impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. However, did you know that a key scene actually featured a CGI version of Tony Stark?

Let’s backtrack a bit. During production, Downey suffered from an ankle injury, which put the star out of action for roughly six weeks. Rather than delay the release of the film, the VFX team at Marvel had another solution. Use a body double and CGI Tony’s face into the scene seamlessly.

In an interview with IGN, VFX supervisor Chris Townsend spoke on how he and Weta Digital achieved this.

Together with face replacement and full-body doubles, somewhere there was a solution to the problem of not having Robert Downey Jr. on set for the time…The collective VFX Supes and unit leads ran into a room as soon as the incident happened to try to ascertain what sequences could they shoot.

He continued saying:

It was also very important with regards to VFX that they were able to collect background plates, data, lighting and lens info, and the rest of the crew were incredibly obliging with regards to that…We were able to reconstruct RDJ as Tony Stark onset, with the help of that body double and the facial captures we’d collected afterward.

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Though CGI isn’t exactly foreign to Marvel films, it’s a bit nuts to think about how it was utilized in a non-action-based scene. Did you happen to notice CGI Tony Stark? If you need a reminder, here’s the final scene linked below. Needless to say, spoiler warning!

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Will is a recent college graduate who loves being a nerd. Whether he's watching the latest Marvel release or simply playing Xbox, you can always find him being a goofball. Fun fact: He curses WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too much.

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