Magazine article Variety

Creating the Look of the Marvel Universe

Magazine article Variety

Creating the Look of the Marvel Universe

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Since 2008's "Iron Man," the Marvel cinematic universe has continued expanding, now numbering more than 20 films. Along the way, the company has developed a reputation for solid technology choices with the large-format ARRI Alexa 65 camera and the Codex Vault 65 on-set media management system as cornerstones of its workflow. Earlier in the series, the company kept tight control over the look of the films, but as the MCU has expanded and diversified, Marvel has given freer rein to filmmakers like Ben Davis, the DP on "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Doctor Strange," and the forthcoming "Captain Marvel."

"Marvel is deferential to the source material, but often you're very much creating a world and an aesthetic," says Davis. "You're trying to take that material and elevate it to something different. On 'Captain Marvel,' we had the benefit of a story that is set in the 1990s. There was an existing visual language, and a point of departure for decisions about color, camera movement and so on. …

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