2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t just a great movie. It’s a great looking flick as well. The Marvel universe isn’t just a collection of stars in the sky and cosmic farts waiting for ships to navigate through it, but rather a collection of civilisations and cultures that have helped shape a diverse and beautiful universe together. From the gigantic rotting head of a dead Celestial through to the shining spires that house the Nova Corps, the galaxy is as wondrous to explore as it is lethal in these movies.
A beauty that’ll be amped up even further in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, especially when Ego the Living Planet makes an appearance. “We have over a trillion polygons on Ego’s planet,” director James Gunn said to Empire.
It’s the biggest visual effect of all time. There’s nothing even close to it. Which is cool.
That’s…that’s a lot of polygons. It’s going to be really hard counting them all, but I’ll hazard a guess that there’ll be approximately one million of them on the screen whenever I hear a Men’s Rights Activist grumble loudly about how women ruined Mass Effect. HEYOH! INDUSTRY JOKES! I’ll say one thing about Marvel, their special effects work has been toppest of the notches as of late. The first Guardians movie set one hell of a benchmark, while the more grounded flicks from Marvel has traded overt effects for more covert experiences that you probably didn’t notice.
Doctor Strange is the current measuring stick in that cinematic universe right now. Just that one brief scene of Stephen Strange having his consciousness widened like that one time you caught a whiff of the art teacher’s cigarette smoke. Groovy dude. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be dropping billions of polygons on your face this May. At least half of them were probably used to make Kurt Russell’s beard more magnificent than usual.