Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Wants to Avoid Confusion With the MCU's VFX
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is creatively involved in various aspects of the VFX designs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with The Direct, Ms. Marvel VFX supervisor Kevin Yuille said that Feige specifically provided direction that led to the development of the visual style of the Clandestine's Veil in the series. "[Kevin Feige] inserts his creative ideas into everything," Yuille said. "So, he and Victoria Alonso, they're the masterminds of the MCU, so of course, there were definitely notes. I don't want to get into specifics, but that definitely influenced the look of the Clandestine's Veil and some of the decisions in that scene in order to tell a story."
Yuille further discussed Feige's storytelling mindset in his approach to making VFX suggestions. "A lot of it to him is motivated by the story and whether or not the visuals on the screen relay the story. There's undeniable knowledge of what is going on in the scene. He doesn't want ambiguity," Yuille said. He also talked about Feige's consistent search for a simpler path in the VFX designs. "Simpler not in terms of execution, nothing that we did was simple, but in terms of simplifying what's needed to keep the story moving forward where there's no confusion. So, yeah, he did that quite a bit…so no one is like 'what just just happened?'" Yuille said.
The relationship between Marvel Studios and VFX departments has been the subject of multiple news items in recent months. In July, VFX artists who had previously worked with the studio publicly criticized Marvel for overworking and underpaying the special effects teams. This reportedly led to Marvel considering instituting its own in-house VFX studio. Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and star Tessa Thompson also saw kickback for joking about VFX shots while promoting their film in an interview with Vanity Fair.
The latest MCU project, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney+, has also been at the center of a conversation regarding VFX artists. The series has received varying levels of backlash for its CGI model of She-Hulk. However, lead actress Tatiana Maslany and showrunner Jessica Gaoboth expressed their support for VFX workers on the series, with Gao even saying that she is "pro-union." The Corridor Crew was also generally complimentary of the show's VFX in a breakdown of the first trailer.
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Source: The Direct