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‘Just total narrative deflation’: Ant-Man 3 CGI Slaughterfest Reignites Fan Debate How Doctor Strange 2 Third Eye Debacle Trapped MCU in a Dangerously Low Quality VFX Territory

'Just total narrative deflation': Ant-Man 3 CGI Slaughterfest Reignites Fan Debate How Doctor Strange 2 Third Eye Debacle Trapped MCU in a Dangerously Low Quality VFX Territory

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen its fair share of criticism in recent years, especially regarding the quality of its visual effects. Fans have been vocal about their disappointment in some of the MCU’s latest projects, and two films that have received particular scrutiny are Ant-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2.

A recent tweet by Zach Silberberg reignited the debate about the quality of MCU’s narrative structure. In his tweet, Silberberg expressed his disappointment with the ending of Doctor Strange 2, where the narrative was deflated within minutes.

Doctor Strange 2‘s Third Eye Debacle

Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange 2

Silberberg noted how Doctor Strange’s horrific consequences were completely overlooked in the mid-credits scene, where he was seen “vibing” with his third eye as a new power. Silberberg’s tweet received numerous responses, with many fans agreeing that the MCU has had this problem since the beginning.

One Twitter user, Jim Henshin, points out a long-standing issue of inconsistency in narrative continuity in the MCU.

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Another user, @fanvcritic, expressed their belief that Doctor Strange 2 should have been released before No Way Home to avoid the need for rethinking the story’s direction.

@EmperorChris446 had a different take on the ending of Doctor Strange 2, suggesting that it was a “horror trope.”

Meanwhile, @PugUglyYo had a hilarious idea for Doctor Strange 3, suggesting that the third “eye becomes its own character.”

However, not all responses were optimistic. @DBHughes94 suggested that Doctor Strange 2 may have been two films edited together, with “the original intention being that the evil Doctor Strange” was “the one that escaped.”

@riiiccchhhh expressed a lack of enthusiasm for Phase 4.

The criticism of the MCU’s VFX has been a long-standing issue, with fans often pointing out the lack of realism in CGI. The latest film to receive criticism for its VFX is Ant-Man 3, which some fans call a CGI slaughter-fest. Many fans have criticized the underwhelming use of CGI in the film, which they say has diminished the impact of the action scenes.

Ant-Man 3 VFX Team Speak Up

Ant-Man 3
Ant-Man 3

Despite being the start of the MCU’s fifth phase, the Ant-Man 3 has received some seriously mixed reviews, with a meager 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is the second-worst-rated MCU film, just above The Eternals.

So what’s the deal? Well, it turns out that the VFX team was seriously overworked and undervalued during production. In recent years, many VFX artists have been speaking out about the grueling workload and the need for a VFX union, and it seems like Ant-Man 3 fell victim to these issues.

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One anonymous VFX artist, Jim spilled the beans on the situation to Vulture. According to Jim, the editorial team changed the film during the latter stages of production, negatively impacting the final product. These changes were made too late in the game, causing tension and turmoil among the VFX team.

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
Paul Rudd as Ant-Man

Jim revealed that Marvel should invest more in hiring additional VFX artists to produce better-quality work. However, the executive team at the top is more concerned with their bank numbers than with the well-being of the artists. The situation resulted in a film that failed to live up to its potential, despite the hype surrounding the exploration of the Quantum Realm.

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It’s a shame that Marvel is doubling down on constricting quality and squeezing blood out of stones. Still, with new plans to slow down their output and Disney’s decision to cut back on spending, we’re hoping that future MCU films will be able to deliver the quality work that fans expect and deserve.

Source: Twitter

Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.