Why 'Avengers: Endgame’s' Time Suits were so complicated to make

Gregory Wakeman
Contributor
Chris Evans rocking a Time Suit in Avengers: Endgame

WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame. So if you’ve somehow still not seen the blockbuster then please don’t read.

Avengers: Endgame’s visual effects supervisor has opened up about creating the Time Suit costumes that the gaggle of superheroes wear in order to go back in time, admitting that were actually created digitally.

Stuart Penn, who works for the Digital Effects company Framestore, made this admission to Befores And Afters, explaining, “Because they filmed everything back-to-back with Infinity War, it was shot quite a long time ago, and at that point they didn’t really know what they would be wearing.”

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“So when they shot them they just shot the actors in whatever costumes they were going to be wearing in the locations they were going to. Ant-Man had his Ant-Man costume, Thor had his bathrobe, Cap had his normal costume.”

“They just had some tracking markers on those costumes, but there wasn’t much in the way of witness cameras or anything. It was pretty much, they just shot it and then decided later on, much later on, what they were going to be wearing. It wasn’t until quite a way into post that the actual design was formalized.”

"Avengers: Endgame" cast members, Paul Rudd, from left, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Iger, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner appear at an event announcing the Universe Unites Charity at Disney California Adventure Park on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Earlier this week, Jeremy Renner actually gave fans a look at the digital effects suit that the Avengers cast had to wear when filming these sequences. And the outfits clearly weren’t flattering in the slightest.

Penn admits that one of the biggest challenges with making the Time Suits was that practical outfits were never actually made, so they had no reference points for how they should look or move. Ultimately, they used Ant-Man and Black Widow’s outfits as reference points.

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“A lot of work went into the different types of materials because the white material was very much a cloth material, but it’s much stiffer, and the blacker parts were a lot more like soft cotton fibre, but they had to work together so that everything would wrinkle and look like a real moving suit.”