Scarlett Johansson Filming Solo Might Prove the MCU Relies Too Much On CGI


Marvel followers ought to be studying reviews of how Black Widow was the primary film this previous weekend. As a substitute, they’re set images of Scarlett Johansson and discovering out she lives a quite lonely life when filming struggle scenes.

It’s no secret that Marvel films use quite a lot of computer-generated imagery. Most Marvel films merely wouldn’t be attainable with out them. All the identical, followers had been nonetheless shocked to see Johansson performing a struggle scene by herself as a result of she’s one of many few characters who don’t require CGI ultimately. 

Followers talk about Scarlett Johansson’s solo run

Scarlett Johansson on the red carpetScarlett Johansson on the red carpet
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The subject got here up on a Reddit discussion when a fan posted an image of Johansson in her Black Widow costume operating in opposition to a inexperienced display.

It was a manufacturing picture of the airport battle from Captain America: Civil Warfare, when Black Widow was on Crew Iron Man. One of many issues followers like about Black Widow is the actual fact that she doesn’t require quite a lot of CG. 

“I all the time thought Black Widow’s greatest work is her psychological / interrogation stuff (the kick-ass scenes are nice too tho) … However you don’t get sufficient of that IMO — and so they made her extra into the all motion soldier and fewer in regards to the spy. Hopefully the standalone film has extra of her “covert” sort stuff, however I’m not holding my breath.”

The trailers for Black Widow do appear to emphasise extra of the bodily motion, such because the struggle between Natasha and Yelena, Florence Pugh’s character who’s supposedly one other Black Widow. However even that last trailer has a “cash” shot of what appears to be like like a mid-air skydiving struggle that has every kind of CG. And that disappoints some followers. 

Do Marvel films depend on CGI an excessive amount of?

Few folks would realistically count on MCU films to make use of no CGI in any respect. And but there’s a college of thought that Marvel, and different massive film franchises in addition to, use CG as a crutch. Within the early days of Iron Man, as an illustration, among the fits had been sensible and a few had been CG. As time went on, nevertheless, sensible fits had been used much less and CG fits had been used extra. 

Granted, this was largely as a result of the Iron Man go well with was bodily uncomfortable to put on. And as one fan identified, there was a sensible motive that Johansson shot the scenes the way in which she did. 

“Everybody else had fits and masks and had been flying or swinging, Scarlett doesn’t have a masks on so by including her through CGI they should spend pointless quantities of cash to efficiently CGI her face and hair which is understood to be difficult. It’s manner cheaper to only let her run solo and digitally add everybody in round her.”

What’s Scarlett Johansson doing now? 

Johansson is coming off a banner yr, having not solely starred in Endgame, but additionally scoring her first two Oscar nominations in the identical yr, for the acclaimed satire Jojo Rabbit and the drama Marriage Story. She would have spent this previous week doing press for Black Widow, however she discovered one other strategy to get in some stunt work. 

Johansson was one among a number of actors to take part in a social distancing stunt show began by Zoe Bell, the stuntwoman greatest recognized for engaged on Quentin Tarantino’s films.

Within the video, one actor would throw a punch. Within the subsequent video, one other actor would reel again from the “hit’ after which reply with a haymaker of their very own.

Apart from Johansson, different fighters included Florence Pugh, Margot Robbie and Marvel stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker, one among Johansson’s own doubles. 

Minute for minute, that video may show to be not less than as thrilling as Black Widow itself.