Doctor Strange 2 Reveals Which Illuminati Costume Was Surprisingly 100% CGI (Photos)
One of the biggest elements of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, aside from former Avenger Scarlet Witch going absolutely insane, was the introduction of the Illuminati to Earth-838. The all-powerful line-up included John Krasinski’s Reed Richards, Maria Rambeau as Captain Marvel, an entirely different Mordo, Professor Xavier himself, Captain Carter, and Anson Mount’s Black Bolt.
However, not all of them made it out of the movie alive, aside from Mordo, who was honestly in the right place at the right time. The rest? Thoroughly slaughtered, especially Black Bolt, whose death somehow didn’t give the film an R rating. Even Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani wasn’t the biggest fan of how he came out.
Despite their deaths, fans got a small glimpse of some neat alternate costumes, some of which were for characters who hadn’t even appeared in the MCU yet, such as Mr. Fantastic and Black Bolt.
Now, a new behind-the-scenes featurette has revealed that at least one of them was a full CGI creation.
CGI costume of Black Bolt in Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThe home press release comes with a featurette called “Building the Multiverse,” which ended up revealing a surprising CGI secret.
In the featurette, there is a moment where Anson Mount, who plays Illuminati member Black Bolt in the film, speaks with director Sam Raimi. However, instead of being in full costume, he wears a mo-cap costume, indicating that he never wore a practical costume for his hero.
Mount can be seen still in mo-cap armor, standing next to Lashana Lynch’s Captain Marvel, whose outfit comes in handy.
One hero who had an entirely practical costume seems to be Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter.
Captain Marvel can be seen shooting Scarlet Witch, where she will eventually be the target of a crushing blow.
Another behind-the-scenes glimpse shows what it looked like on stage with the rest of the Illuminati members watching Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, and Mount’s mo-cap costume can be seen again.
A better look takes viewers back to roughly where this confrontation was seen in the final film, with Mount’s CGI outfit on display.
Why didn’t the Black Bolt suit actually exist?
While there’s usually questionable CGI at one point or another in most Marvel Studios movies, Black Bolt’s costume probably wouldn’t have crossed many viewers’ minds as an effects creation. visuals. It reminds the Avengers: Endgame time travel costumes, which never had a practical version, a fact that completely blew many viewers away when it was revealed.
If Black Bolt’s costume isn’t real, chances are John Krasinski’s is also the product of a mo-cap costume. But why them? Well, chances are it could have had to do with when they joined production. If this was a last minute addition during reshoots, the production might not have had time to create a nice practical combination, leaving VFX as their best option.
Considering the long reshoots, it certainly seems like that could be the reason for all of this. Fans will have to keep their fingers crossed and hope that Marvel Studios P= President Kevin Feige is kind enough to want to revisit the Black Bolt character at some point in the near future.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.