If Steppenwolf's CGI Is A Mess, Then Thanos' Is A Dumpster Fire

When Justice League released earlier this month the internet was flooded with comments about the film’s VFX, more specifically the bizarre choice to make Steppenwolf a CGI character. Every critic and every publication had a go at just how obscure the rendering looked. Now, the Avengers: Infinity War trailer has released at it seems the same ills plague the film’s villain, Thanos. The CGI is just downright awful.

Thanos CGI

For the most part, Marvel has managed to maintain a fairly high standard for VFX, even winning a number of awards along the way. We all marvelled at Iron Man’s suit in the first film and the amazing work done on the first Avengers film. Even the latest Thor: Rangarok seemed to break new ground by creating visually stunning environments and beautiful CGI characters to look upon.

Thanos, however, has always seemed to be a difficult character for Marvel to master. He has been changed, morphed and shaped into different designs since his first appearance in 2012’s The Avengers (then played by Damion Poitier). Now, it seems the Josh Brolin design has taken the design again in another direction. But, sadly, like the previous designs, the CGI is a mess.

Avengers Infinity War Thanos

If we’re honest with ourselves, we all shared a little shriek or cringe when Thanos first shows up in the new trailer. While the rest of the trailer is topnotch stuff, this isn’t the standard we’ve come to expect from Marvel’s CG department.

While it’s important to remember that this is merely a trailer and might not reflect a finished work on the film, fans have returned the favour and started poking fun at Thanos. Of course, there are a few hilarious comments on Twitter:









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  1. Guys think about it. Justice league went through reshoots so the cgi most definitely will look fake at times infinity wars is in post production so work is still being done on it and since when is everyone a cgi expert?

    • Maybe they’ll make him look better when the film gets released. All I’m saying is, regardless of the CGI, at least this film will have a coherent plot, unlike JL. At least you can point to Marvel’s stories as decent, even when their CGI is off (which it’s not 8 times out of 10).

    • Maybe they’ll make him look better when the film gets released. All I’m saying is, regardless of the CGI, at least this film will have a coherent plot, unlike JL. At least you can point to Marvel’s stories as decent, even when their CGI is off (which it’s not 8 times out of 10).

    • Maybe they’ll make him look better when the film gets released. All I’m saying is, regardless of the CGI, at least this film will have a coherent plot, unlike JL. At least you can point to Marvel’s stories as decent, even when their CGI is off (which it’s not 8 times out of 10).

  2. Chris

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  3. Both Marvel & DC;

    Initial or final CGI rendering shortfall aside, perhaps through observing mediums like various tv shows practical effects (Ash vs Evil Dead, The Walking Dead, GOT) It may be time to involve creative companies like KNB effects group led by Greg Nicotero to assist

    Prosthetics plus CGI; a neat combination

  4. Chris Andersen

    This article is dumb as hell and just screams fanboy inferiorty complex saltiness. The studio still has 5 months to polish the CGI and Thanos already looks a hell of a lot better than the “finished” CGI for Steppenwolf lol. It’s not even a comparison at this point. Steppenwolf was worthy of a early 2000’s comic book movie. He was that bad.

  5. I think he looks alright honestly, Steppenwolf looked more CGI-esque not as defined, and blurry and with shitty actor playing him, the bad guy from Ghost Rider 2, shall I say more. I think Brolin got this one, maybe not Jonah Hex, but this one yes, plus as Cable thinking he will be good.

  6. That won’t be a final cut same thing happens with homecoming CGI looked dodge, then theatrical release was tweaked. And why so mean? You don’t even know me? I hate how people flame on social media for real. Of you have nothing nice to say, its simple don’t say it

  7. I like both Justice League and Avengers. DC and Marvel. But I must say, the CGI for Steppenwolf was bad. I can already see from the trailor that Thanos looks better. But Ill only be sure after seeing the film.

  8. I’ve seen this being said and I’ll repeat it: Infinity War is still months away and they’re in post-production. Who knows what Thanos will look like in the final product. Comparing him now to Steppan Wolf is disengenious.

  9. Bob007

    This article appears to be written from a butt-hurt DC fan who’s just trying to pass some of the Justice League hate onto Avengers. But sorry, there’s no comparison. Steppenwolf was shit CGI compared to Thanos.

  10. Panacea

    If someone wants to say the CGI isn’t good enough then fair enough, but to say that it looks worse than Steppenworlf is absurd, and immediately makes me suspicious of your intentions. There’s nobody that can look at those two images and think that Thanos looks less lifelike than Steppenwolf, even after the weird pixellated grid you just randomly put over his image…

  11. Ryan Aubin

    So I just watched Justice League for the first time and the CGI from start to finish was horrible. Thanos looks better than….well all the CGI in JL and he’s not even a finished product yet. I’m not sure what’s going on in the DCEU…but they need to scrap it and start over, this time without rushing to keep up with Marvel.

  12. Mike

    I suspect this entire article is click bait. I really, really hope it is. Because if you genuinely think the Thanos CGI is worse than the Steppenwolf CGI, you need your head (and eyes) thoroughly checked.

  13. Mike Finch

    lol at people saying enough CGI villians. Stuff like fixed perspective can work great for slower movies, but these are the types of villians with huge action scenes that throw moons. CGI is a must. This looks great and honestly steppenwolf wasn’t as bad as people make out either. People just love to hate on CGI because reasons.

  14. omegaorgun

    This is pretty biased considering your sit is named after Superman’s den. Thano’s CGI looks way way superior to DC’s offering.

  15. crl8200

    Thanos looked farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr more realistic than Stepphenwolf….You are basically comparing the best CGI villain vs the worst CGI villain ever made.

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