A brand new image from Marvel’s upcoming Thor movie has hit the web today, showcasing Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Chris Hemsworth in the lead role. While it all looks well and good (okay, maybe a tiny bit goofy), the image happens to coincide with an announcement that’s sure to make a lot fans nervous: both Thor and Captain America will be 3-D films. Unfortunately, they won’t actually be shot in 3-D, but instead upconverted in post-production using the same method as Clash of the Titans. Directors Joe Johnston and Kenneth Branagh remain convinced that it is the right move, as long as they plan ahead for the conversion.
Marvel’s President of Production Kevin Feige had this to say:
“In being able to think in 3-D from the start — and having every bit of our special effects rendered in true 3-D — we have the opportunity to do it right… When you’re working with a director like Ken Branagh or Joe Johnston, they’re not going to settle for less than perfect image. They’re not going to settle for something that isn’t up to the artistry of everything else they’ve done on the film … they’re not going to put on some overlay in the last 10 to 12 weeks of post-production for a fiscal reason.”
Does that make you feel any more confident in the decision? Joe Johnston apparently tried to do a one-day test shooting in 3-D, but called it “‘a nightmare’ due to bulky gear, calibration issues and restricted filmmaking options.” I guess not everyone can be James Cameron.
Although we haven’t seen a comic book movie in 3-D yet (both Iron Man 2 and Jonah Hex resisted the urge), we do know that the next Spider-Man movie will be shot in 3-D, and The Green Hornet is being converted as well. Ultimately, there’s no real reason to complain as long as there will still be 2-D screenings of the movies, but it will be interesting to see if Marvel can convince skeptical fans that upconverting isn’t always a bad thing.
On a related note, if you’re wondering whether an upcoming movie was shot in 3-D, you can consult this handy website: Is it Real 3D or Fake 3D?. Will you give the 3-D version of Thor and Captain America a chance?