Legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee has teamed up with the National Hockey League to create a new superhero franchise that will feature animated content developed by motion-capture and animation company VICON House of Moves.
The series will see Lee create 30 superheroes — one representing and embodying each of the 30 NHL teams and their home cities — that will be featured in multiple media from TV, print, social media and more. The project will be unveiled Friday with a preview at the New York Comic-Con.
VICON was responsible for taking the character designs and turning them into finished CG-animations. The process included creating models, animation, character rigging, motion capture, lighting, rendering and final output.
“The viewers and fans are never going to expect how truly great this production is going to be thanks to the magic of VICON and the spectacular effects that they’re able to pull off,” said Lee, best known for co-creating such popular Marvel characters as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men.
The series and concept will be rolled out over the course of the NHL season, which begins Thursday.