When 32 Marvel actors met for a weekend at Pinewood Atlanta Studios to celebrate a decade of cinematic success and have their photos taken by Jason Bell for the Christmas edition of Vanity Fair, there was something unusual in the lineup. Although many of the cast members were already in the city for their work on Avengers 4, and they were all in the character and the costumes, the looks themselves range from new debuts to previous versions. At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Groot, for example, certainly no longer looks so small. But as Marvel Studios Kevin Feige explains, the costumes no longer make these heroes what they are, although that does not mean there are no clues about the future of Marvel's film universe that at least some of these will be obtained. aspects.
The most disturbed character, after his anguished journey through space in Thor: Ragnarok, is Chris Hemsworth god of thunder. "When we started Chris Hemsworth in Thor, " Feige told me, "Thor's hair is blond, he has a cloak, he has a hammer, these are the things that Thor, Thor. character many times, Chris Hemsworth is Thor, so he cut his hair, he gets rid of his hammer, and it's still him. "
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Hemsworth, for example, does not complain about the Asgardian makeover. In this session, he wears short hair and the disheveled look of Thor: Ragnarok. "The wig, that's changing," he told me on the set of Avengers 4. It has gotten darker, less golden and, much to Hemsworth's relief, with a less voluminous version of the Traditional Thor armor that he wore in previous movies.
Hemsworth says he always knew when he was back on a Marvel stage thanks to "the armor, the boots, the whole thing: the awkward state you're in, physically" and you'd have to give him a talk before each movie: "Deep breathing, here we go, this is going to be hot and uncomfortable for four months." But with the most recent modifications, Hemsworth can put on his costume faster than in previous years. The hammer and the cape, which were broken and torn in Ragnarok can come back for the photo shoot, but that does not mean they come back in Avengers: Infinity War. As for the most significant lost accessory of Thor, the eye that was ripped from his head by Hela by Cate Blanchett all that remains of that trauma in our gallery is a slight scar that runs through the right side of Hemsworth's face.
Scarlett Johansson Black Widow started the franchise at Iron Man 2 with a tight-fitting catsuit and a cascade of red curls. (Johansson really dyed his hair red to impress the director Jon Favreau when he was trying to play the Marvel concert.) That early look, very faithful to Natasha Romanoff's comics, never It was Johansson he felt comfortable. "I did not feel ownership of that suit until the first Avengers, " Johansson said in reference to the more flexible and tactical look he used in Joss Whedon's superhero team. Johansson said she was nervous and feared that the public would not accept her in the role added to her discomfort with the suit in Iron Man 2. "When you feel you can be the owner of the suit, you wear it well."
Natasha has come a long way since her days in Tony Stark's employment. In our gallery, it presents its most aggressive aspect with a lighter vest that mixes the usual monochromatic aspect of the widow. The red hair is gone, too. The last time the public saw Natasha was at the end of Captain America: Civil War when Tony Stark warned him that the authorities would want to track her down. We can badume that this blonde Black Widow is fleeing with the bearded Captain America who appeared at her side in the first images of Infinity War and in some posters that are given to the fans at Comic-Con.
Although Robert Downey Jr. has a lot of love for his red and gold mechanical outfit, the actor chose to dress up as Tony Stark in this gallery instead of his alter ego, Iron Man. " Terrence Howard once told me he looked like a ladybug, "Downey recalls of his early days in superhero clothes. But Downey said that even the" cumbersome and not easy to use "Iron Man suit has become easier to handle. over the years This is partly because you do not have to use it that much, thanks to the jumps in motion. capture technology that Marvel Studios has taken advantage of. The actor said he used to do a long "scan" of a film to capture the movements and shape of his body in order to create a credible C.G.I. Iron Man suit – "Now, you could do three scans a week, and it does not take time".
But even the costumes of Tony others as the "charming Tom Ford, three-piece, two-button" Dresses in Civil War, are very specific to the style in evolution of Stark. "Those ties no longer work, they're too broad," Downey recalls rejecting the initial options for what his techie billionaire character should use when he stands next to Feige and the Marvel legend Stan Lee in the pages of Vanity Fair. Instead, Downey wears a simple black shirt, jeans and a striped blazer that turns out to be a slightly more striking version of Feige's famous casual production uniform.
Although Mark Ruffalo is dressed here with the shredded threads of his pre-Hulk character, Dr. Bruce Banner, we may be seeing a lot more of the big green guy while the franchise is wrapped up. Before becoming Hulk in late Thor: Ragnarok, Banner said he could never again become the scientific alter-ego. When Ruffalo joined the franchise in 2012, he asked his Hulk, unlike all other previous versions, to rely on his own face and movements. "That was something that really was important to me, you know, it's always so dislocating to see the Hulk become a totally different character." For Ruffalo, on the set of the next Avengers two-part, that means more time spent on a game of motion capture and attracted. dots
For the eagle-eyed Marvel fan, you can see many newer ones in the gallery, including Evangeline Lilly Wasp suit in flight and Jeremy Renner putting the "mohawk" in Hawkeye. Even the smallest Avenger, Paul Rudd's Ant-Man is updated a bit. The new Ant-Man suit is more elegant and dark than the original and, perhaps, improved with a new technology courtesy of Dr. Hank Pym or Tony Stark. But for Rudd, there is an even more important element in his aspect, one that every Avenger and Guardian of the Galaxy must take into account: Marvel training.
"It's probably changed my life and maybe it will continue," Rudd said about going from comedian to action hero. "It has completely changed the way I eat and exercise, exercise and diet have become something in the forefront of my life, that was never the case." For these actors, most of whom appear, Somehow, in a new Marvel movie every year, rigorous maintenance never stops. Rudd was actually filming two Marvel films, Avengers 4 and Ant-Man and the Wasp, simultaneously.
"Go crazy, do not you? Will you be part of my next four months?" Recalls Rudd, saying he was initially resistant to the commitment required to stay in shape. Black Panther & # 39; s Chadwick Boseman told me he was squeezing demanding Marvel workouts in promoting his latest film, Marshall, a biopic about the muscle much less bound to the Supreme Court of Justice. This particular aspect of the Marvel aspect is one of the actors who never manage to take off, but Rudd, for example, does not complain: "I owe the franchise perhaps a few extra years of life."
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