She-Hulk’s star Tatiana Maslany, creator Jessica Gao, and producer Kat Coiro have addressed criticisms of the show’s CGI and concerns about visual effects workers’ treatment. Discussions took place at She-Hulk’s Wednesday press conference at the Television Critics Association.
Recently, several stories have surfaced from VFX houses and their employees accusing Disney of being especially difficult. For example, Disney often creates bidding wars for its projects, lowering prices due to its size and power. As a result, smaller teams work on each project, increasing working hours. On top of that, the company often demands changes exceptionally late in the process, which causes artists to perform even worse hours, workers claim.
“I feel incredibly deferential to how talented these artists are and how quickly they have to work. Obviously, much quicker than should be given to them,” Maslany said at TCA. “I know there are lots of eyes on the CG and critique or whatever. I do think we have to be super conscious of how work conditions aren’t always optimal and that they’ve made these amazing strides in the industry and the tech. I watch it, and I see thoughts, you know, it doesn’t look like a cut scene from a video game.”
“And we stand in solidarity with what they say,” Coiro said. “The truth is we work with them, but we’re not behind the scenes on these long nights and days. So if they’re feeling pressure, we stand with them and listen to them,”
Due to these conditions, VFX studios and houses have begun to unite, allowing artists and employees to collectively influence Marvel Studios and demand higher prices.
“It’s just a massive undertaking to have a show of this scale where the main character is CG, it’s a very overwhelming and ginormous thing to take on, and it’s terrible that a lot of artists feel rushed and feel the workload is too massive,” Gao said. “I think everybody on this panel stands in solidarity with all workers and is very pro-good working conditions.”
“Pro-union,” Maslany added.
She-Hulk has received backlash for its CGI in each trailer released, including at Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last month. According to a quiet update on Sunday via the official Disney Plus schedule for August, She-Hulk’s release date moved back a day.