That Reddit thread has seen Marvel Studios come under fire from members of the VFX community. The company has faced criticism before for the visual aesthetics of their films, but more recently they’ve also been targeted by reviewers and audiences over some questionable visual effects shots.
Now VFX artists have seemingly spoken out against the company on not just this thread but others as well. In these posts on VFX forums, workers cite ‘crunch’ conditions that come with their projects that results in unfair expectations, short deadlines and demand for multiple options to accommodate indecisiveness from decision-makers.
The threads are filled with users from the industry complaining about sleep deprivation and exhaustion from working on their projects. The user Independent-Ad419 who started one of these says in their initial posting:
“Marvel has probably the worst methodology of production and VFX management out there. 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. The charm for working on a Marvel movie is way over rated now and I would rather be happy working on a TV series after decades and decades of this.”
One user adds: “I request to not work on them, movies and TV shows. Unfortunately, they’re becoming our biggest client. They expect a smorgasbord of options so they can change their mind 3 more times.” That user goes on to claim they’ve seen grown men punch walls and throw monitors from the stress.
Part of the reason this has come to light has been twofold. One is the VFX industry overall is facing large-scale problems right now due to pandemic-related issues and shortages along with the large uptick in demand for visual effects from both film and prestige television/streaming productions.
This has led to a majority of VFX houses being completely swamped with work and Deadline reports today that a pileup of big studio fare is amassing at post-production VFX houses causing many tentpoles to delay their release dates. This has led to a scarcity of tentpole films from mid-August to mid-October this year as films like “Black Adam” were pushed to the Fall.
Not helping is that “Thor: Love and Thunder” director Taika Waititi and star Tessa Thompson appeared in a Vanity Fair video recently breaking down one of the film’s shots in which they lightly poke fun at the special effects of his Korg character – a joke that has not gone over well on Twitter with many responses standing in solidarity with the VFX artists.
Marvel’s next screen effort is the “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” series for the Disney+ service next month, a show that has already suffered criticism following its teaser trailer release with the feedback not happy with the visual effects quality of its title character in her green Hulk form.