Fans are more critical of Marvel Studios than ever when it comes to blockbuster movies and the Phase 4 Disney+ series. One of the most contentious areas is CGI, with viewers increasingly noticing and drawing attention to bad CGI and editing errors. The MCU’s latest outing, Thor: Love and Thunder, was no exception to this rule. Moviegoers quickly embraced the digital work love and thunder for a range of things – including the sets, fights and CGI characters.

The fourth Thor film is just the latest in a series of MCU outings addressing this same criticism. She-Hulk: Lawyer was by far the toughest recipient of the recent CGI backlash. Fans jumped up to criticize the first trailer for She-Hulk’s poor design and animation. However, Corridor Crew’s VFX designers have since provided an explanation as to why this might not be the case.

At the other end of the spectrum, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was also home to a particularly impressive case of CGI. Anson Mount’s Black Bolt was hailed after the film’s release for being among the greatest superhero suits in the MCU, one that is now revealed to have been created digitally.

Now with gate 4 In cinemas, to get everyone’s critique, director Taika Waititi and Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson shared their own thoughts on a particular scene.

Thor 4 actors respond to CGI and editing issues

In a recent video on the Vanity Fair YouTube channel Thor: Love and Thunder Director Taika Waititi and Valkyrie actress Tessa Thompson broke down the “Taste the Rainbow” scene, poking fun at the film’s VFX and editing errors.

Examining a recording of Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster at New Asgard City Hall, Thompson admitted “that special shot” didn’t seem real when it came to any of the four characters.

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Waititi initially questioned whether that had to be his own CGI rock monster, Korg “more blue” but Thompson pointed this out “He changes shades in the light” and “Sometimes it’s blue, sometimes it’s a little greyish.”

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The Valkyrie actress then pointed out a specific shot in which she’s visibly reacting “If [Thor] would wake up” and scream after communicating with the kidnapped children through Heimdall’s son, Axl. However, this scream was cut and Waititi “just left [Valkyrie’s reaction] accidentally there.” Thompson said she thinks the reaction is correct “funny in a way,” and although it “makes no sense” she still “[loves] it.”

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That gate 4 Director laughed at his mistake and exclaimed that he “never noticed” joked that he “never looked [her].” Thompson then pointed out how the scene shows how “Sometimes someone can make a performance look crazy when it wasn’t.” while Waititi did a series of hilarious facial reactions:

“That performance used to make sense because he woke up, he left… and then that was my reaction. But now I just do it for no reason, which is cool. And that’s also an indication of how sometimes someone can make a performance look crazy when it wasn’t.”

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Why is the MCU’s Phase 4 CGI so bad?

Hollywood’s VFX houses have faced numerous challenges over the past year as the fallout from the pandemic has left a huge backlog for artists to work through. These difficulties have been at the root of several major blockbuster delays, and many credit it with the recent surge in questionable CGI.

Thor: Love and Thunder was also Marvel Studios’ first outing to use The Volume technology developed by Lucasfilm’s VFX unit Industrial Light & Magic The Mandalorian. In general, the technology works like an advanced green screen to place actors in digital creations in real time.

This is Marvel Studios’ first attempt at harnessing the increasingly popular technology, which could be a factor in the CGI issues, particularly in regards to the backgrounds. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with the technology itself – it might not have been used properly in this particular case.

Phase 4 has received a lot of criticism for its CGI, especially when it comes to the projects released in 2022. Perhaps this criticism can prompt Marvel Studios to be more cautious going forward and hire more VFX artists, especially going forward to increase its content output.

Thor: Love and Thunder is now in cinemas worldwide.

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