Avengers: Infinity War - 25 Scenes Before The Special Effects

Thanos doesn't look quite so menacing...

Marvel Studios

With a film like Avengers: Infinity War, it's fair to assume that there's going to be a significant amount of effects work involved. Whole characters are built digitally and it's not enough for the likes of Iron Man and Spider-Man to simply wear spandex suits anymore - their entire costumes have to be rendered from scratch too.

But that doesn't mean that blockbusters like this somehow require less acting or pure performance. On the contrary, digital work - whether it's costumes, special effects, characters or environments - is just a dressing on top. Actors still have to turn up and bring their character to life before the magic.

And given the fact that they can be forced to act opposite someone wearing a big purple Thanos helmet without cracking up every two seconds, they probably deserve even MORE credit. Because that's just one of the ways the Russo brothers managed to capture the brilliance of Avengers: Infinity War before they spent millions on the effects. And peeling back the layers on those techniques allows us another look at one of the biggest films of all time.

So what did it look like before all of that expensive magic was poured onto it?

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