Because it's awesome, that's why...
There is a lot of really awesome VFX work in Spiderman: Homecoming, but one thing that particularly stood out from the trailer is the crazy laser pulse canon from the heist scene. The thing that really blows me away is how organic the particle work looks. Like any good VFX shot I really wanted to know how to create such an effect. However, needless to say there wasn't a tutorial online about how to do it... so I put one together!
In this After Effects tutorial I'll show you how to create the canon using only the built-in tools in After Effects. Now this tutorial may seem complicated, but once you create the initial laser layer (good band name) you will be able to very quickly put the entire composition together. The thing that really helps sell the effect is the adjustment layer that modifies the background to create heat waves.
I hope you like the tutorial and as always if you have any questions about the tutorial please feel free to reach out.
VFX work is so dang fun. Enjoy!