Thor: Love and Thunder has some pretty big set pieces and stunning, cosmic visual effects, but Natalie Portman has revealed that one of her favorite scenes was shot with blue screens in a Best Buy parking lot. While there have been many recent movies starting to make more use of the technology of The Volume, which allows actors to act against the fantastic landscapes of a movie rather than against a green or blue screen for everything to be added later, Thor: Love and Thunder used a lot of old techniques to make their scenes come to life. That included working in some ordinary places.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel returnee Natalie Portman explained that of all the scenes that she was part of, the one filmed in a car park is her favorite – but says you would never guess that is where it was all done. She said:
“There’s one scene that’s one of the most visually beautiful scenes I’ve seen on film, and we shot [it] in real life in a Best Buy parking lot. It’s so wild to be on this size of movie, and we were literally in a parking lot with a blue screen, doing this really dramatic thing. It looks so stunning on film, but every time I see it, I’m like, ‘That’s a Best Buy parking lot.’”
Many Marvel Movies Are Moving Away From Green Screens
Disney’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian was one of the first to really make use of the StageCraft technology known as The Volume, which replaces the regular use of the green screen by providing a backdrop display of thousands of LEDs that can project an incredibly realistic background into the filming environment. Rather than actors having to guess where they are, this allows them to see it, and therefore works as a huge performance-increasing tool as well as removing large amounts of post-production work on certain shots. Recently, Marvel has also started using The Volume for some of their upcoming movies.
One of the biggest upcoming titles to adopt The Volume’s use is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which filmed many of its scenes last year, before moving to some location filming in the last few months. In the coming years, it is expected that this kind of filming will become more commonplace across the Marvel Universe, and could mean that the use of car parks and other regular locations could end up being a thing of the past. While there will always be room for location shooting when it comes to walking around city streets and such, having the ability to build any environment and drop an actor directly into it in real-time is certainly something that will come as a benefit to actors in the future.
As it stands, the “car park method” seems to have worked out well enough for Thor: Love and Thunder. Having been on the receiving end of some very mixed reviews in the last week, its opening weekend box office has proven that audiences still can’t get enough of the MCU. Thor: Love and Thunder is in cinemas worldwide now.