Eternals VFX Team Reveals the Challange of Making Makkari a Different Kind of Superhero Speedster

DC and Marvel have their fair share of speedy superheros, and the Eternals VFX team have broken down how defined Makkari’s look for the movie.

When it comes to super speedy superheroes, there have been quite a few in the history of both Marvel and DC, from Flash to Quicksilver and if you want to get technical even Superman has the ability to go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye. When it comes to putting this across on screen, visual effects used to portray the use of this power have come in a few different forms, but always seems to involve a blurry version of the character surrounded by light or power lines. So when it came to Eternals’ Makkari, the member of the group that could probably give other speedsters a good run for their money, if you’ll excuse the pun, the team tasked with putting her fast moves on the big screen wanted a different kind of look to her counterparts.

In Eternals, Makkari’s super certainly comes in useful, including giving her the ability to travel across the globe looking for the point of the Emergence in a few moments, and have a spectacular impact on the final fight of the movie. When Weta Digital came to create the effects for these scenes, they opted not to take the tried and tested route of having the actor running on the spot while the effects are built around them, and instead created a digital double of actress Lauren Ridloff to allow them much more freedom to create the scenes needed.

“Having that idea that, ‘Okay, the visual persistence of her presence in one place is something that you see, but she’s already actually there,’ that’s what we tried to put a little bit here, and we couldn’t really expand as much as we wanted, because the story wasn’t allowing for that, but there are some areas where we try to do that,” animation supervisor Sidney Kombo-Kinombo added. “Ikaris is shooting at her in a direction and he doesn’t even see that she’s right on his face already. So he’s just shooting at an overall impression of Makkari in the distance. So the impression—the printing of Makkari’s here, but she’s already punching you from the left. When you look from the left, she’s already behind you, and just leaving Makkari in frame as the other Makkari’s appearing, that was something that we wanted to play with and have fun with. Oh, we did have fun with that one.”

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DC and Marvel have their fair share of speedy superheros, and the Eternals VFX team have broken down how defined Makkari’s look for the movie. When it comes to super speedy superheroes, there have been quite a few in the history of both Marvel and DC, from Flash to Quicksilver and if you want to…

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