IMAX has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Avengers: Infinity War that reveals why seeing the film in IMAX makes a difference. Now, IMAX presentation can offer a great benefit to audiences, but there are different kinds of IMAX movies. There are films like Dunkirk where director Christopher Nolan shot the film specifically with the IMAX aspect ratio in mind, using IMAX cameras to capture pristine quality images. Then there are IMAX movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which weren’t shot with IMAX cameras or even necessarily with IMAX framing in mind, but have been re-formatted to fit IMAX screens.
This means that with movies that are converted to IMAX, like Jumanji, you may get to see a bigger image but it’s not necessarily the image the director and cinematographer had in mind when they were framing the shot. But with something like Dunkirk, the image you see in IMAX was crafted by Nolan and his cinematographer—it’s purposeful framing, as opposed to just showing a bit more of the image.
Which brings us to Avengers: Infinity War. Almost every Marvel Studios movie is presented in IMAX, but few are actually shot with IMAX cameras. For Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4, directors Joe and Anthony Russo got to use the brand new IMAX/Arri 2d cameras for the entirety of the shoot. That makes Infinity War the first movie shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras, and so when you see the film in IMAX screens, you’re getting an image that was created specifically for that format from start to finish.
As explained in the featurette below, Infinity War features some massive characters like Thanos (Josh Brolin), and thus traditional framing makes it hard to get the scale of the characters across. So if you see Infinity War in IMAX, you’ll get a larger frame that, according to the directors themselves, offers a better image.
So should you see Avengers: Infinity War in IMAX? Yes, probably. It’s more expensive to be sure, but you can also go into the film knowing that you’re getting the most bang for your buck. This is a movie that was shot entirely with IMAX cameras, so if you see it in an IMAX theater you’re getting the ultimate viewing experience.
Check out the Infinity War IMAX featurette below. The film opens in theaters on April 27th.