Avengers: Infinity War, from Atlanta studios to Scottish landscapes
Avengers: Infinity War, a short trip around the world
“It’s like Marvel has been writing a book for ten years. [This film] is the final chapter of the book. obviously, some things will end, while others will begin” explains Joe Russo, co-director of Avengers: Infinity War. This third opus marks a turning point for Marvel Studios as there are only three films left before the end of Phase 3. Started by Captain America: Civil War in 2016, it will end in one year with the release of Avengers 4.
Fans are eagerly awaiting answers to the puzzles and upheavals created by Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos seems unstoppable, the Avengers are in trouble, and once again Manhattan is in ruins.
It is besides on the Queensboro Bridge that one of the first scenes is located. On the school bus, Peter Parker’s spidey sense goes wild. A spaceship in the shape of a giant ring sweeps the sky. Spider-Man puts on his mask and takes advantage of a moment of panic to escape through a window. This bridge is known to connect the borough of Queens to the island of Manhattan.
The Spider-Man has a special relationship with this edifice since he appeared as early as 2002 in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. The Green Goblin threw Mary Jane Watson into the void while Spider-Man tried to save the passengers of the Roosevelt Island cable car. In Manhattan, the confrontation between the Dark Order of Thanos, Iron Man, Hulk and Doctor Strange takes place in Washington Square Park and adjacent streets. No difficulty in identifying the scene or place, since the park’s emblematic arch appears in the background. It was inaugurated in 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s presidency at the head of the United States. However, most of the city footage was shot in Atlanta at Pinewood Studios.
The Scottish surprise
On the other side of the Atlantic, it is in Scotland that the production decides to settle. The streets of the capital city of Edinburgh are used as a stage to introduce the return of several avengers. Talking outside a fast-food restaurant, the Red Witch and Vision learn that New York has suffered another alien attack. This key moment of the film takes place in the middle of Cockburn Street, in the old town district. The fast-food restaurant was only an ephemeral setting since shortly after the shooting, the building was already displaying the colours of its new owner, Miss Katie Cupcake.
The Red Witch and Vision don’t have time to grasp the magnitude of what’s going on in New York, that they too are being taken to task by members of the Black Order. The fight takes place in the Royal Mile street. According to the local government, the production wanted Gothic architecture to give an even more dramatic character to the confrontation.
The battle then continued at the Edinburgh-Waverley station. On the brink of defeat, the two avengers are saved in extremis by Captain America, the Black Widow and Falcon. The fights took place near platform number two, where a giant green background lined the walls to allow for the addition of special effects during the post-production phase.
Shooting lasted almost seven weeks in the Scottish capital at a total cost of more than thirteen million dollars.
Wakanda in Georgia, Sleeping in Brazil
It is in the impenetrable kingdom of Wakanda that Thanos visits the Avengers to retrieve the last Stone of Infinity. This landscape will undoubtedly bring back some memories for Black Panther fans. The battles on the Wakanda Plain were filmed simultaneously for both blockbusters, in the Bouckaert farm in Fairburn, Georgia, in the southeastern United States.
But one of the most dramatic moments of the film takes place on a planet that looks like hell, the frightening Sleep. To build this apocalyptic landscape, Marvel Studio went to Brazil, in the Lençois Maranhenses National Park. ” This reserve was chosen for its unique natural setting, where white sand dunes surround azure blue lagoons,” explains Victoria Marino of Brazil Production Services. It took four days to film the footage on Vormir. However, Victoria Marino wants to caution, “it’s such a remote place that it’s only accessible by 4X4.”
With a budget of nearly $500 million, Avengers: Infinity War is positioned as one of the most expensive films ever produced. But with the fastest start in history, the third opus of Marvel’s cross-over also promises to be one of the most lucrative. In three days, the film had raised over $300 million worldwide.
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