“Spider-Verse used machine learning. Secret Invasion used AI”: Internet Claps Back as MCU Fans Defend Secret Invasion AI Intro With ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ Argument

Internet Claps Back as MCU Fans Defend Secret Invasion AI Intro With 'Across the Spider-Verse' Argument
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming more widely used tools in the entertainment sector as a result of the rapid advancement of technology. These cutting-edge technologies have recently been used by Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Secret Invasion to give fans an even more engaging viewing experience.

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Sony Pictures Animation used machine learning algorithms to develop a distinctive animation style for Across the Spider-Verse, giving the movie a standout appearance. The AI-driven process gave the team more control over the movie’s aesthetic, allowing them to adjust line density, roughness, and other elements that affected its overall visual design.

Similarly, AI has been used to speed up production on Marvel’s recently released series, Secret InvasionThe first episode was released on 21 June 2023 (yesterday) on Disney+.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Also, note that the series is drawing a lot of criticism after it was revealed that the intro sequence was artificial intelligence (AI) generated. 

Ali Selim, the director of Secret Invasion, admitted to Polygon that Method Studios, a VFX studio, used artificial intelligence to create the opening credits. Though, he declined to specify which AI tool was employed.

Also read: Disney’s Secret Invasion Gets Blasted for Using AI Art as Fans Claim This is the Endgame for Real Artists Amidst Writers Strike

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How Internet React To MCU Fans Defend Secret Invasion AI Intro

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is among the best-known film series in history. They have consistently produced blockbuster shows, and their latest one, Secret Invasion, is no different. 

Despite how the first episode is performing so far, some viewers have already criticized the use of artificial intelligence in the opening scene. These criticisms, however, have recently received a response on the internet. 

For the unversed, Disney+ premiered Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion on Wednesday morning. The premiere featured an opening sequence that emphasized the mystery of the show: how shape-shifting aliens had infiltrated Earth.

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AI-generated image from Secret Invasion’s opening credits

Soon after the episode aired, information that the opening scene had been produced using AI surfaced. And this has prompted outrage on social media among viewers who speculated that it had cost artists their jobs.

However, recently, the internet reacted to MCU fans, who quickly defended the Secret Invasion AI intro by comparing it to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. 

Moreover, the company that created the opening sequence, Method Studios, recently addressed those rumors about the use of AI. According to a statement from Method to The Hollywood Reporter:

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“AI is just one tool among the array of toolsets our artists used. No artists’ jobs were replaced by incorporating these new tools; instead, they complemented and assisted our creative teams.”

Also read: Despite Starring in $1.5B Avengers Movie, Cobie Smulders Says ‘Secret Invasion’ Portrays Maria Hill Better: “Most depth I’ve been able to show of Maria Hill”

The Use Of AI In Secret Invasion To Create Its Opening Credits

Director and executive producer of Secret Invasion, Ali Selim told Polygon that the use of AI fits into the themes of the program. 

“When we reached out to the AI vendors, that was part of it — it just came right out of the shape-shifting, Skrull world identity, you know? Who did this? Who is this?”

Like many other people, Selim claimed he does not “really understand” how artificial intelligence operates. But he was intrigued by the ways in which the AI could convey the sense of dread he desired for the series.

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“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.”

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AI-generated image of Samuel L Jackson

Well, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the film industry is increasing, and it has the potential to be a powerful tool for creating distinctive and compelling visuals.

Furthermore, the Secret Invasion AI intro represents a relatively small portion of the entire series and should not be used to judge the series’ overall quality. So let us unwind, sit back, and take in the breathtaking images that contemporary technology can bring to our screens. 

Secret Invasion‘s first episode has already been released on Disney+.

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Related: ‘Secret Invasion’ Star Cobie Smulders Signals Series Will Ditch Marvel’s Trademark Spoonfed Humor: “It’s a very different tone than I’ve seen”

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