Avengers: Age of Ultron has received more than its fair share of hate and criticisms over the past few months since its release. While the film did have some major flaws, and was probably more dense than it should have been – there’s no denying the many successes that the movie contained as well. Whether it be the comic book fan’s dream fight between the Hulk and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor, or Vision’s dynamic with Ultron in the film – there was more than enough about Age of Ultron that actually worked too.
One of the most striking aspects of the film though was its eye-catching visual style and color palette. Joss Whedon and co. seemed to opt for a much more colorful and rich aesthetic for the tentpole film, and in my opinion, the decision paid off beautifully with some of the shots being some of the most gorgeous-looking scenes I’d ever witnessed in a comic book movie. One of the most visually striking being the film’s actual credits sequence at the end.
The motion graphics company, Perception (via /Film), were brought on by Marvel to create the credits sequences for the film, and were given an “open ended” brief from the studio that allowed them to create whatever kind of credits sequences they wanted too. Recently, the company released the four options that they pitched to Marvel for the Age of Ultron credits, giving us an inside glimpse into their creative process.
Check out all four options below, along with their descriptions:
Direction A – Hive Mind
Inspired by Ultron’s hive mind ability, which enables him to animate and control entire armies of robots simultaneously, this direction uses swarms to create and reveal imagery and character specific objects for each title card.
Direction B – Crackle
For generations, Marvel fans have loved the incredible renderings of power and pure energy that have lifted off the comic pages emanating from their favorite heroes and this direction takes its inspiration from those classic panels.
Direction C – Iconic Moments
Bold icons encapsulate characters, locations, and plot points into simple and clever forms while rich environments give moody context to each symbol, suggesting endless layers of iconic moments.
Direction D – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Inspired by heroic war monuments and classical sculpture, this direction involves the crafting of a full Avengers sculpture that freezes their most epic face-offs within the monument of war.
As we all know, Joss Whedon eventually picked the last option, hoping to depict the heroes as larger-than-life, monumental figures that would be able to stand the test of time – hence “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. All of the other options are pretty gorgeous though, with my personal favorite probably belonging to the “Crackle” option.
Marvel has been switching it up recently with some of their credits sequences, hopefully to keep the audience at least a little bit more entertained and visually stimulated waiting for whatever post-credits scenes were coming their way, with one of my personal favorites being the old school political credits after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’ll be honest though, Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s are probably somewhere high on that list too.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is available on blu ray/DVD now.
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