Marvel Studios famously came under fire in 2022 and 2023 for some of the sloppiness of the visual effects work in its films and TV series.

Horror stories emerged in July 2022 from VFX workers complaining about ‘crunch’ conditions with unfair expectations, short deadlines and demand for multiple options to accommodate indecisive executives and filmmakers.

Things got bad enough that its own in-house effects team became the first in their industry to file for a unionization election.

Things look to change with its line-up next year with movies like “Captain America: Brave New World,” “Thunderbolts*,” “Daredevil: Born Again” and “Blade” expected to go relatively light on the visual effects front.

That’s especially true in the case of “Thunderbolts*” according to one of its stars, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The former “Veep” and “Seinfeld” star, who plays Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the MCU, says the new film has a very human focus and so goes light on the VFX spectacle.

Speaking about the production, she tells The New York Times:

“It’s very well organized. Very methodical. And I don’t mean that in a negative way. Particularly on this film, they’re very much focused on, frankly, the human story, believe it or not.

They’re trying to sort of go back to their roots, as it were. And so there’s a lot of focus on that. They’re trying to stay away from as much C.G.I. or whatever as possible, so that the stunts are, like, everywhere. And in fact, I had to do a couple.

Well, I’m making this out to sound like I’m flying through the air like Captain America or whatever, but I’m not. It’s just a very, very, very, very brief stunt.”

The movie includes characters like U.S. Agent, Bucky Barnes, Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, and so forth who are more human characters with little in the way of super powers beyond some superhuman strength which can be done as practically as possible.

“Thunderbolts*” is slated to open next Summer.

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