‘Avengers: Endgame’: Dark Elves Were Almost in Thanos’s Army; Howard the Duck Was in the Script From the Beginning [Interview]

/Film | 5/13/2019 | Ben Pearson
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Of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World holds the lowest percentage on Rotten Tomatoes (it’s currently at 66%). So it was surprising to see that film play such a significant role in Avengers: Endgame, and according to the visual effects supervisor who oversaw Endgame‘s final battle, there was almost another callback to The Dark World in the form of dark elves serving in Thanos’s army.

That ended up not happening in the end, but read on for a breakdown of the villains who did fight for Thanos, as well as one other character who made it into that huge final confrontation – but only for an incredibly brief moment.

Matt - Aitken - Effects - Supervisor - Weta

I recently interviewed Matt Aitken, the visual effects supervisor for Weta Digital, the company that created the visual effects for Endgame‘s final battle, and he recounted the forces who were fighting alongside Thanos and his children (aka The Black Order) during the film’s massive final battle.

So Thanos’s army, we see the Chitauri, we see the Outriders, I think there were some other forces that we hadn’t really seen before. Can you tell me about them, and if they had any names that the Russo brothers or the screenwriters gave to you guys?

Sakaarans - Guardians - Morag - Kind - Ground

Yeah, so there’s the Sakaarans, and I think we see them first in Guardians 1, on Morag. They’re kind of the ground troops who were trying to stop Quill when he grabs the Power Stone and escapes from Morag. So they’re there. We’ve got the Outriders. The majority of the Outriders this time have actually got two legs and six arms, so they’re actually eight-limbed creatures. There were a few of those in the Battle of Wakanda in Infinity War in the ILM sequences there, but in terms of upping the ante, most...
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