Although Marvel Studios has always been known for its entertainment, the quality of its special effects has declined over the years. 2018’s Black Panther drew criticism for its final fight sequence, while the She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer left a lot to be desired with fans.
In recent days, artists have begun to speak out against Marvel Studios, claiming the company is one of, if not the worst, entertainment companies, with many artists overworked and forced to meet tough deadlines. As a result, VFX artists are now refusing to work with Marvel Studios.
The movement began with allegations from a Reddit thread where artists shared their experiences working with the company. One thread shares the artist’s stories about sleep deprivation, exhaustion and erratic appetites.
“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 by 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 reviews don’t stop at Reddit, as visual effects artist Dhruv Govil took to Twitter to share his experience. Govil has previously worked on projects like Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man and has spoken about how overworked he is in the business.
“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.”
Scenes criticized for their special effects include the airport scene from Captain America: Civil War, the climax scenes from Black Widow and, most recently, Thor: Love and Thunder, which was mocked on Twitter for its huge budget and… bad CGI effects.
Marvel Studios has yet to release a statement, and it remains to be seen if conditions for revamped artists will improve.