Over the course of 31 movies, seven live-action episodic series and a handful of animated and standalone projects, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced some of the most interesting – and bizarre – villains ever seen on screen. With the arrival of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the introduction of its eagerly anticipated Phase Five, the MCU unveils arguably its most unusual villain yet with M.O.D.O.K., a five-foot-tall flying face. Bringing M.O.D.O.K. to life was the challenge presented to the visual effects studio Digital Domain.
For Marvel Studios’ latest episodic series, Ms. Marvel, the production faced an interesting, and somewhat rare challenge. Unlike some of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are firmly established through decades of exposure, the titular character in the Disney+ exclusive series is a relatively new creation. That gave the production a little more flexibility when adapting her powers and allowed the showrunners to work with Oscar and Emmy-winning visual effects studio, Digital Domain, to reinvent Ms. Marvel’s powers for a new audience
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios pushes the boundaries of reality – and then keeps going. With broken universes, environments wrapped in illusion and magical traps that shatter the world, the film introduces visual elements unlike anything ever seen before. To help show audiences a new look at reality, Marvel Studios turned to long-time visual effects partner and Oscar-winning studio, Digital Domain.
In Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the latest feature film installment in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines? To bring this epic tale to life, the filmmakers brought in award-winning visual effects studio, Digital Domain.
The Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain has announced the creation of Zoey, which it says is the world’s most advanced computer-generated human-like figure. Powered by machine learning and created using an advanced version of the technology and process that helped bring Thanos to the big screen, the photorealistic Zoey can engage in conversations with multiple participants at once, remember people, access the internet to answer questions and more, paving the way for the next step in the evolution of artificial intelligence. My question isn’t just what does Zoey mean for the cinema business; my question is what does Zoey mean for society?
In Marvel Studios’ latest feature film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the film’s antagonist Wenwu (Tony Leung) is unlike most of the villains seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ancient character operates out of a remote fortress that has existed for centuries, and over the years, has grown and changed, reflecting his loves and losses. It’s an ever changing and fluid structure, created and edited by Marvel Studios longtime collaborator, Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain. [Editor’s Note: This article contains some spoilers.]
In 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, the lines between real and digital are deliberately blurred, with the focus jumping between live-action and CG based on the point of view of the characters. For the filmmakers, it was like creating two movies in one, each requiring different visual effects techniques, from replacing actors with digi-doubles to creating entirely computer-generated cities. To take on that challenge, 20th Century Studios turned to veteran VFX house and Oscar winner Digital Domain. [Editor’s Note: Warning, this article contains spoilers.]
In the third episode of Marvel Studios’ episodic series Loki, the characters Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) find themselves on the doomed alien moon Lamentis-1 orbiting a planet on the verge of total collapse. The location sets the stage for a photorealistic look at celestial destruction, but it also offers a glimpse of humanity’s all-too-possible future. Created by Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain, it is unique and visually stunning. [Editor’s Note: Warning. This article contains spoilers.]
In Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, the title character confronts the demons of her past in a spectacular – and explosive – fashion. After discovering a flying fortress hidden in the clouds, the Avenger puts on a master class in destruction, leading to an airborne battle with heroes and villains dodging flaming wreckage as they approach terminal velocity. It’s one of the most visually complex and technically demanding scenes ever seen on film, made possible by Marvel Studios’ longtime collaborator, Digital Domain. [Editor’s Note: Warning. This article contains spoilers.]
Digital Domain was honored at the 2015 AICP Awards for Best Visual Effects for the commercial, Destiny Become Legend. Directed by acclaimed feature filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, Digital Domain collaborated with agency 72andSunny and live action production company Reset, to create this breathtaking piece for one of the year’s best selling games. The piece for the first person shooter features a stunning blend of cinematic live action and visual effects.