Doctor Strange 2 VFX Boss Reveals How They Made Black Bolt’s Gruesome Death Scene

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were shocked to see Black Bolt (Anson Mount) officially introduced to the franchise during the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness earlier this year. Not only did the movie choose to name both Inhumans and the Terrigen Mists, but it also wasted no time killing the Inhuman king. Once in the MCU, Blackagar Boltagon found himself without half his head.

As ILM VFX supervisor Julian Foddy recalls, a surprising amount of care went into creating Black Bolt’s gruesome death sequence.

“For Black Bolt, it starts with Wanda squeezing his mouth shut, or rather ‘removing’ his mouth altogether,” the filmmaker said in a recent chat with before & afters. “That was a CG patch that we did using the actor’s texture photography. Then to create the sonic explosion that bounces back into his head, effectively scrambling his brain, before blowing the back of his skull off.” , the way we approached it was to almost do it for real.”

For reference, Foddy and his team have watched numerous videos of “things breaking in slow motion.”

“We also looked at human faces in wind tunnels and the amount of wrinkling it causes on your cheeks,” he added. “We found that it was impossible to simulate that and get realistic results at 24 frames per second. So the FX team extended the timeline in Houdini and worked at about 120 frames per second.”

The filmmaker then applauded his colleagues at Skywalker Sound for making the heartbreaking sound associated with the brain-teasing.

“I think it was definitely a task worth doing, it gives some really interesting and horrifying results,” concluded Foddy. “And hats off to Skywalker Sound for adding that kind of squelch sound, which none of us had heard of until we saw it in theaters. That’s the icing on the cake, just to really up the ‘ooh’ factor .”

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