A lot of information is appearing about Marvel’s attitude towards VFX workers that has hurt the quality of movies and series.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its special effects, since they show us characters made entirely with CGI, incredible places and large-scale battles. So it is essential that they measure up visually, something that they are not getting lately. Besides, VFX artists are complaining a lot about their working conditions.
At IndieWire they have spoken with some of these workers who have remained anonymous and have revealed the difficulties they have experienced under the rule of Victoria Alonso, a Marvel board member who has just been fired by Disney.
These special effects geniuses have claimed that they were faced with last-minute deadlines that made it very difficult to produce quality work, and they felt embarrassed by some of the work they produced for Marvel. And that because of the pressure from Victoria Alonso, the results became increasingly inconsistent.
Victoria Alonso (image by cordonpress)
The perfect example of a disaster is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The year 2023 had to start big for Marvel, because Ant-Man 3 was coming, which began Phase 5 of the UCM and movie theaters are beginning to recover, since Avatar: The Sense of Water has raised more than 2,304 million dollars , which is a real barbarity.
But Marvel has punctured, as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania only pulled in $463 million despite a $200 million budget. Which means that it will not even reach the number of the first installment of 2015 (519 million). But oddly enough, the big complaints have been to the special effects department. Since for example MODOK looked terrible and the Quantum Realm didn’t bring anything new.
Now, sources consulted have revealed that visual effects artists felt overworked, took shortcuts, and believed they were producing substandard work. Causing many people within Marvel to be ashamed of their own special effects.
In addition, it must be remembered that the new CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, has commented on several occasions that they will try to increase the quality and decrease the quantity. That is why there are many series that were going to reach Disney Plus in 2023 and now they have been delayed to 2024.
Let’s hope that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will recover little by little and make better deliveries every time. Next up we’ll be looking at is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which we hope will live up to the hype. We’ll find out when it premieres on May 5, 2023.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 from Marvel Studios
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