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Marvel movie news: Stevenson talks about the state of Asgard in next Thor movie, and a digital Downey Jr in Iron Man 3?

May 26th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Couple of interesting little stories from the Marvel Movie universe today…

Local-born actor – remember, we’re from Northern Ireland – Ray Stevenson will be seen again later this year as Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three in Thor: The Dark World, and he’s been chatting a little to The Wall Street Journal about the condition of Asgard in the universe this time around: “In the first Thor Asgard had this tremendous peace among the nine realms. They were riding at the heights. Everything is working and looking as it should be.

“In this one, the realms are being whipped up into various rebellions. There is a darker malignant force out there and we are in the process of engaging in long protracted skirmishes and battles. The luster and shine of the city has been taken off and it all leads to a huge assault, an attack at the heart of Asgard. It could be completely wiped out, the stakes are a lot higher.”

Hmmmmm… so who or what could this dark force be?

In other news, Darkhorizons have been reporting that, because of Robert Downey Jr’s six weeks off due to an injured ankle while filming Iron Man 3, the studio was forced to use body doubles enhanced with CGI trickery to put Tony Stark in scenes that Downey jnr wasn’t available to film.

Basically, they used the actors to do the scenes then added Downey Jnr’s face digitally, much the same as they did with Chris Evans as the weakling version in Captain America: The First Avenger. Cool huh?

Visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend says: “We were able to reconstruct [Downey] as Tony Stark on set, with the help of a body double and the facial captures we collected afterwards.”

According to the report the entire beach house/cliff scene at the end of Iron Man 3 was done in this way. I’ll be looking closer next time I see it…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….