‘It’s systemic’: Loki season 2 director speaks up for Marvel’s overworked VFX artists

Loki season 2 director Dan DeLeeuw believes Marvel is starting to improve working conditions for its visual effects (VFX) artists – but adds more needs to be done to address the industry-wide issue.

Speaking exclusively to TechRadar, DeLeeuw is well aware of the problem Marvel Studios is currently grappling with. 

DeLeeuw joined the Disney subsidiary in 2012 as a second unit VFX supervisor on Iron Man 3, and, in the 11 years that have followed, DeLeeuw has enjoyed a steady rise through the studio’s ranks. DeLeeuw helped lead VFX production on Avengers: Infinity War, was installed as second unit director on scenes for Avengers: Endgame (one of the best Marvel movies), and was on chief filmmaking duties on the second episode of Loki season 2.

Mobius and Loki discuss matters in a TVA dining room in Loki season 2

Marvel has come under fire for VFX artists’ working conditions. (Image credit: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)

While proud of becoming an integral behind-the-scenes cog in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) machine, DeLeeuw has witnessed first-hand the increasingly stressful work environment its VFX team has dealt with. Marvel’s pivot from a movies-only studio to one that also makes MCU Disney Plus shows has only increased concerns that VFX employees are overworked and underpaid.

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