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Marvel may have figured out a way around the current vfx crisis it has been accused of creating by eliminating much of the need for human artists. The opening credits of the company’s latest Disney+ series Secret Invasion were produced using artificial intelligence.

Disney will probably be hoping there is no such thing as bad publicity, as the news that AI was used on Secret Invasion has been met with outrage on social media, with some artists calling for a boycott of the show.

A critical tweet from Jeff Simpson, who worked with vis dev team on character design, props, and keyframes for Secret Invasion , has already been liked more than 14,5000 times:

Alvaro García Martínez (vfx on Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One) posted to Linkedin asking Method Studios to explain in greater detail how the credit reel was produced:

Eisner-nominated cartoonist and screenwriter Victor Santos (Polar) was critical of the production choice and the final result:

David Blatt, an illustrator, painter, and concept artist at Naughty Dog (The Last of Us, Uncharted), didn’t mince words in his thread on the subject:

And Riot Games (Arcane) senior storyboard artist Jon Lam (animation department on Invincivle) tweeted that he’ll be boycotting the show:

For those uninitiated in the Marvel lore leading up to Secret Invasion, the series features a group of changeling aliens called the Skrull who can look and sound like anyone they want. That shapeshifting ability is, according to director Ali Selim, part of the decision to use AI for the opening credits.

Selim told Polygon, which first reported that AI was used on the show, “When we reached out to the AI vendors, that was part of it — it just came right out of the shapeshifting, Skrull world identity, you know? Who did this? Who is this?”

Selim went on to explain that he doesn’t really understand how AI works, but that he believed it could be used to impart a sense of foreboding he was looking for. “We would talk to them about ideas and themes and words, and then the computer would go off and do something. And then we could change it a little bit by using words, and it would change,” he explained.

The opening credits were produced by Method Studios, which previously worked on Marvel shows including Ms. Marvel, Loki, and Moon Knight. Method Studios has not responded to Cartoon Brew’s request for a comment, but we will update if and when the company does reply.

Pictured at top: A screenshot from the opening credits of Secret Invasion

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