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Marvel VFX Writers To Unionize

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The Hollywood Machine is in Danger of Collapse

The entertainment industry has been going through a rough patch as of late. First came the Writers Guild of America going on strike, and then the American Actor’s Guild also went on strike. Now there is news of Marvel Studios VFX department unionizing as of Monday, August 07, 2023.

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Unions have long been used to fight for the rights of employees within companies. They’re often tasked with the task of preventing the overwork of workers without fair pay. Many professions hold their own, such as ironworkers, aviation, and even construction workers. It should then be no surprise that even Hollywood has its own share of unions. From actors to writers and even film editors, unions are meant to protect all of these different employees. So it should come as a bit of a surprise to learn that VFX artists, the ones responsible for CGI, have been left out of union talks.

Underappreciated Talent 

It’s no secret that a majority of films today, especially big-budget hero films that Marvel is known for, heavily rely on CGI in order to create unbelievable scenes like that of Spiderman swinging through New York. It should also be of no surprise that VFX artists are incredibly overworked. Ever since the first stages of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a slew of movies have constantly been, released with releases having become even more frequent with the inclusion of Disney+.

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With crew working on theatrical movies and tv series, a culture of overwork was inevitable. The most recent releases which gained ire from fans due to poor CGI include She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Secret Invasion. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, in particular, drew some hate from fans since a majority of the show used CGI for the heroine but said CGI was noticeably low quality. Overwork and constant deadline changes played major roles in this quality drop.

 For an industry that has become so reliant on CGI in films, one would assume that the workers responsible for bringing such magical moments to the screen would be receiving better treatment. It is even more surprising since Marvel films are essentially 90% CGI. For all the superhero movie fans out there, try to imagine your favorite Marvel film without any CGI. Of Marvel’s 50 personnel, most had signed on to be represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. 

To Future Solidarity

If successful, VFX artists would become members of IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and would be entitled to the same protections and rights as their fellow crew members. This could also lead to larger strikes and walkouts as unions bargain for better working environments. It is no secret that the entertainment industry rakes in some serious cash. Escapism will always have a place in modern society, and the people responsible for bringing films to life should be entitled to fair pay and protection. The entertainment industry is like a well-oiled machine, and when one part breaks down or is neglected, the whole thing is affected. 

As of this writing, the SAG-AFTRA strikes are still going on. Stay tuned for any changes in the current situation.

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