While Marvel Studios has always been known to deliver entertainment, its special effects have seen a drop in quality over the years. 2018’s Black Panther was criticized for its final battle sequence, while the trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law left a lot to be desired for fans.
In the past few days, artists have started speaking out against Marvel Studios, saying the company is one of, if not the worst, entertainment companies to work for, with many artists getting overworked and pressured to meet difficult deadlines. As a result, VFX artists are now refusing to work with Marvel Studios.
The movement started with allegations from a Reddit thread, where artists shared their experience working with the company.
Titled “I am quite frankly sick and tired of working on Marvel shows!” The thread shares artists’ accounts of sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and inconsistent appetite.
“Marvel has probably the worst methodology of production and VFX management out there,” wrote user Independent-Ad419. “They can never fix the look for the show before more than half the allocated time for the show is over. The artists working on Marvel shows are definitely not paid equivalent to the amount of work they put in.”
User RANDVR shared his frustrations, writing:
“I am on my third Marvel project in a row and literally just woke up 5:30 am on a Saturday with stress going ‘I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s 6 am now and I am making a reel to apply someplace that has projects other than Marvel because I can’t do this anymore.”
The Marvel Studios’ criticism doesn’t end with Reddit, as VFX artist Dhruv Govil took to Twitter to share his experience. Govil previously worked on projects like Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man, sharing how overworked he had been with the company.
“Working on #Marvel shows is what pushed me to leave the VFX industry,” he tweeted. “They’re a horrible client, and I’ve way too many colleagues break down after being overworked, while Marvel tightens the purse strings.”
Among the scenes criticized for their special effects are Captain America: Civil War’s airport scene, the climax scenes in Black Widow, and most recently, Thor: Love and Thunder, which has been mocked on Twitter for its enormous budget and lackluster CGI effects.
Marvel Studios has yet to release a statement, and it remains to be seen if they will improve conditions for the overworked artists.
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