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Marvel's "Avengers" Superpowers Meet Autism Superpowers

May 20, 2015

Some of the heroes involved in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" didn't appear on-screen: they worked behind the screen.

Four young adults with autism worked on post-production of the film, including tracker-marker cleanup as well as the end title credits for the film, proving once again that what individuals with autism might lack in social skills, they make up for in visual artistry, focus, and attention to detail – or what some call the superpowers of autism.

The team, Patrick Brady, Lloyd Hackl, Eli Katz and Christopher Chapman are 2014 graduates of the Exceptional Minds vocational school for young adults with autism. The school and working studio were created in 2011 for young adults on the spectrum pursuing careers in visual effects and related fields.

"This title project was massive in scope and complexity with dozens of revisions that had to be addressed quickly and accurately. But this is what our team does naturally... extreme attention to detail is first nature to them," said Craig Seitz, Exceptional Minds Head of Production.

Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is the latest in a growing list of visual effects projects by Exceptional Minds students and graduates, who have worked on more than a dozen projects, including films "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "American Hustle."

The cast and crew screening was held the evening of April 28 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles. The movie opened in U.S. theaters May 1. 

Autism Speaks recently launched a jobs portal for adults on the spectrum, called TheSpectrumCareers.com. Read more about the site's creation here and get an inside look at the portal here