It’s hard to argue that Marvel Studios hasn’t created a pretty staggering achievement in the interconnected cinematic universe. Not only did they kick-off (not counting the Universal Monster features of the 30’s and 40’s) a trend that every other major movie studio is now trying to copy, but every film has a baseline of quality that keeps their output within critical and audience favor.
But, these films aren’t flawless. There’s the ongoing third act complaints – though this year counterbalanced that a bit – and there haven’t been a lot of sterling roles for women. But Filmmaker and Youtuber Patrick (H) Willems presents another issue that has indeed plagued the MCU for some time, Marvel’s color palette. In the video below, Willems discusses color grading, what it is, and why it’s the glaring issue that has adversely affected the look of Marvel’s cinematography since they switched over to digital from film. He makes a heck of an argument:
Here’s hoping Willems is correct in that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, with its new hardware, will be a step in the right direction! Doctor Strange also foretold a bit of a shift as well, between its multiversal odyssey and a very appealing looking Hong Kong section.
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