‘Across the Spider-Verse’ Animators Accuse Sony of Insane 77 Hour Work Weeks That Forced 100 Artists to Leave the Movie

'Across the Spider-Verse' Animators Accuse Sony of Insane 77 Hour Work Weeks That Forced 100 Artists to Leave the Movie
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Sony’s beloved sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse has propelled toward astronomical success, landing rave reviews and churning mammoth figures at the box office. But with the controversy that has now broken out over the torturous working conditions that the studio subjected the film’s animators too, it seems like a pyrrhic victory at best.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)

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Sony’s Grueling Working Conditions Drove 100 Animators to Quit 

Though Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has been having a field day at the box office ever since it hit the big screens, the behind-the-scenes condition isn’t nearly as picturesque. The $150 million Sony project, which took over 800 people a lengthy period of 4 years to execute, rendered animators absolutely miserable with taxing demands and ungodly work hours that reportedly stretched over 11 hours a day for 7 days a week lasting more than a year.

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Furthermore, Phil Lord, who acted as a co-writer and co-producer along with Christopher Miller on the sequel, was slammed by unnamed animators for his turbulent management style that is believed to be the primary culprit of their abhorrent working conditions.

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The making of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The 140-minute-long Spider-Verse 2 was initially meant to premiere back in April 2022, but due to what has been reported as “pandemic-related delays” [via EW], the film was pushed for an October release before ultimately priming it for a 2023 debut. Unfortunately enough, the workers had to pay the hefty price for the production delays and other such setbacks that can essentially be traced back to the studio along with filmmakers.

As a result, about a hundred animators ended up calling it quits before the film even concluded, and fans are positively incensed at the studio, to say the least.

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See also: “You have to keep going until it is”: Controversial Former Sony Producer Defends ‘Inhuman’ Across the Spider-Verse Working Conditions After MCU Backlash

Across the Spider-Verse Fans Unite As They Call Out Sony

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A still from the sequel

Following this scandal, fans of the Marvel comic book adaptation have extended immense support to the workers who were pushed beyond limits for the Spider-Verse sequel. And former Sony exec, Amy Pascal, who also served as a producer on Across the Spider-Verse, defending these harrowing working conditions only seems to have added fuel to the fire.

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See also: “Do you think ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ surpasses it?”: Fans Claim $503M Miles Morales Sequel Will Dethrone Andrew Garfield’s Lowest Earning Spider-Man Live Action Movie

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Earlier this year, Marvel faced vehement backlash over the ill-treatment of its VFX artists owing to the toxic work environment that it sustained. In light of the same, veteran Marvel Studios executive and former visual effects head Victoria Alonso made a swift and shocking exit from the superhero franchise. While some believed she was used as a scapegoat so that the studio could elude going down the drain as an enterprise, others seemed much more content at her departure.

Either way, given the relationship Sony has with its parent company Disney, it’s not particularly good for business. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, it now has to put out a blazing fire of its own.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently playing in cinemas.

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