Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Inside the new Lady Hellbender cutscene

Darryl Purdy, Cinematics and Animation Director for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy shares some director’s commentary on the newly released Lady Hellbender cutscene!
By Darryl Purdy

Hey everyone! My name is Darryl Purdy, and I’m the Cinematics and Animation Director on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Our game is a very narrative driven action-adventure experience, with many larger than life characters. We used Performance capture as our main tool to bring those characters and story to life. Shooting a complex original story, with a large ensemble cast and close to 6 hours of interactive cinematics was no small feat.

Most scenes have at least the 5 Guardians, and in many cases, other characters from the Marvel universe - like in this scene with Lady Hellbender.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - Lady Hellbender trailer

For Lady Hellbender’s introduction, it was important to us to play against expectations. What's great is we start to play with those assumptions early in the scene. Star-Lord assumes their monster is superior to the scared meek little creature ahead of them. However, that meek little monster turns out to be a Tara-tara, a powerful shape shifter.

In response to its rampage, Lady Hellbender defeats the enraged creature with tenderness rather than brute force. In this scene, we wanted to create an overall feeling that things are not always as they seem.

Here we join the Guardians, led by their self-proclaimed leader Peter Quill, in an attempt to pull a con job. Having been arrested and fined they now owe a considerable amount of credits to Nova Corps. They devise a plan to sell either Rocket or Groot to Lady Hellbender, an exotic monster collector, as a way to make a quick buck.

Once the deal is complete, the Guardians plan to double cross Lady Hellbender by later sneaking into her fortress and breaking their friend out. Players have the choice to sell Rocket or Groot, and this decision will create different paths in this chapter.

Humor is also an important ingredient of the Guardians of the Galaxy experience, and flipping expectations helps us with this as well. Star-Lord is the sweet talker, the charmer, the natural negotiator of the team. But Lady Hellbender seems less interested in him and more intrigued with Drax the Destroyer.

Drax seems somewhat unsure how to respond to this attention. This sets up another great moment where the player gets to choose. Do you rely on Star-Lord’s charm or do you hand it over to Drax and hope he can leverage Lady Hellbender’s interest to the team's benefit?

You'll have to play the game and decide for yourself to see how the negotiations with Lady Hellbender go. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming October 26, 2021 and we can’t wait for you to play it!

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