Spider-Man animators almost did not change Lizard’s appearance in any way back home

Visual effects supervisor Chris Waegner sheds light on the appearance of the lizard (Rhys Ifans) in Spider-Man: No Way Homeand reveals that the filmmakers explored “some new physical changes” for Fantastic Spider-Man villain. An industry veteran with visual effects credits to the past Spider Man films, including the original from the 2002 and 2012s The Amazing Spider-Man, Waegner worked with a team of artists at Sony Pictures Imageworks to recreate the scaled-up superhero’s appearance for a rematch with his world’s wall crawler (Andrew Garfield). In contrast to Fantastic Spider-Man 2 the enemy Electro (Jamie Foxx), who gets a shocking MCU makeover, SPI made only a few “subtle changes” to Dr. Curt Connors’ reptilian alter ego.

“The lizard from The amazing Spider-Man the film had a very specific design for him, unlike some comic book adaptations, “Waegner told the online magazine Visual Effects and Animation. before and after. “For this film, we started by exploring some new physical changes, but in the end, our filmmakers kept it pretty similar to the previous design, with just a few subtle changes.”

In contrast to The amazing Spider-ManConnors is in its reptile form for everyone No way home until he is healed during a battle with the Statue of Liberty.

“It was important for our filmmakers that we explore different facets of The Lizard personality in this film. It was a lot of fun for the team to unleash The Lizard on Liberty Island,” said Waegner. “He was a bit like the proverbial ‘bull in a china shop’ – full of reptile rage as he ran through the construction site, tore through the scaffolding and chased Ned (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya). In contrast, earlier in films, when he is in Sanctum, he talks to the other villains, inquires into his fate and shows a lot of personality with subtle facial features and his body language showing a different side of The Lizard. ”

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(Photo: Sony Pictures Imageworks)

Instead of motion capture, Ifans performed for The amazing Spider-Man, this version of Lizard “was essentially all keyframe animation,” Waegner said, explaining that this was due in part to the physical size of the character. In a showdown with the three Spider-Men (Garfield, Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire), Lizard is a “physically destructive bullet that lets itself through scaffolding” and interacts with a construction battlefield built for real scaffolding conditions.

“Because Imageworks had previously worked on The amazing Spider-Man with The Lizard, we had a comprehensive inventory of reference photography that had been made for the original film. This reference was restored and became basically a starting point for our in-depth character study, “Waegner said.” We used the original Rhys Ifans data as a reference, but since there were some proportional changes in the new Lizard design, it could only have been used as reference. With so many villains, his screen time was limited, and since his psychological component had already been established in the previous film, this allowed us to focus more on his physical performance. ”

Spider-Man: No Way Home now plays exclusively in cinemas and will soon be available on digital.

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