Marvel Studios is going to have to deal with a public complaint from a VFX specialist worker. The accusation? Labor abuses.
Former visual effects artist Dhruv Govil spoke yesterday on social media about his experience working for Marvel Studios. In fact, he claimed that it was “really horrible” to work for them.
Dhruv Govil revealed that working with Marvel Studios was his main reason for leaving the digital effects industry. He explained that he has often seen his colleagues dealing with overwork while studying Kevin Feig and company squeezed the company financially.
“Working at Marvel Studios is what pushed me to leave the visual effects industry. They are a horrible customer. I’ve seen too many colleagues collapse after working too hard, as the studio squeezed workers financially.”
The VFX artist, who has worked on films like spider-man either Guardians of the Galaxy, went on to explain that this has been the case since the early days of Marvel Studios. That is, from the beginning of the shared universe called UCM. There is a recent change that has been taken with the new management of Disneyunder the command of Bob Chapek.
“I’m going to clear it up, especially since a lot of people have mentioned it. This has been going on since the early days of the MCU. It’s not something that started recently or it’s Bob Chapek’s fault. The problem is that Marvel Studios is too big and can demand whatever it wants. It’s a toxic relationship.”
The testimonies of many other UCM workers
Dhruv Govil’s post came in response to an article by The Gamer exploring a series of unverified comments from alleged VFX artists working for Marvel Studios. Those unverified comments appeared in a Reddit thread that was titled: “Frankly, I’m sick and tired of working on Marvel Studios projects!”
“Marvel has probably the worst VFX production and management methodology in the world. They can never fix the look of a project before more than half of the allotted time is over. The artists who work with this studio are definitely not paid the equivalent of the amount of work they put into it. The allure of working on a superhero movie is overrated these days. I’d rather be happy working on a TV series after spending decades on it.”
There are more testimonials like this:
- “I requested not to work on any more Marvel Studios movies and TV series. Unfortunately, they are becoming our biggest customer. They expect a smorgasbord of options, so they may change their mind more than three times.”
- “Marvel has caused grown men to bang on walls and throw computers out of stress. I myself collapsed a couple of times. I have seen the strain this work can put on marriages. But hey… The money was fabulous. Fuck the studio as a client. The name and the credit of his reputation are not worth it ».
- “I’m on my third Marvel Studios project in a row and I literally wake up at 5:30 in the morning to look for a job somewhere else that has other projects besides the MCU because I can’t do this anymore.”