VFX artists are reportedly “depressed” over Marvel Studios’ Multiverse Saga slate.
Marvel Studios recently announced that Phases 4, 5 and 6 will consist of the second new Saga for the MCU: The Multiverse Saga. Given that there are many new projects to come in the next few years, some are curious as to how this will be effecting the production process, both while filming, and of course, during post-production.
However, for much of the VFX industry, this is some mixed news. Recently, VFX artists have become vocal against Marvel Studios for their treatment of artists and VFX companies for their tight deadlines. Plus, with the extended slate on the way, many are disillusioned and worried about experiencing further burnout from getting overworked, especially with all the titles announced in The Multiverse Saga.
An anonymous VFX artist spoke to Defector to discuss the industry’s frustration with Marvel Studios’ The Multiverse Saga, and how this may impact artists’ morale when working on these projects:
“The whole industry seems a bit depressed on the heels of Marvel’s Phase Five and Six announcement, specifically just because of the insane amount of work it’ll be on its own. They’re not the appealing client they used to be. A lot of burnout is setting in.”
The Multiverse Saga of Mistreatment?
VFX artists are some of the most unsung heroes of blockbuster filmmaking. Especially in an age where multiple franchises are releasing more than one film/TV show in a year, deadlines can be tight, and the work can be stressful. Top that off with the fact that VFX artists do not have a union, it can lead to mistreatment from big studios. Here’s hoping that the working conditions can improve for VFX artists, because without them, we wouldn’t be getting the visual spectacles we’ve been accustomed to getting over the years.
Here is the synopsis for Marvel’s most recent film, Thor: Love and Thunder:
The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
Directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, the Thor solo film stars Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The Multiverse Saga, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.