‘Secret Invasion’ Faces Artistic Backlash for Using AI Opening

Seems like the Skrulls aren’t the only ones attempting to infiltrate the Marvel Universe…

Having learned nothing from the Ultron Initiative, Marvel Studios decided to employ an AI program to create the visuals for Secret Invasion’s opening credits.

In an interview with Polygon, director Ali Selim confirmed that Method Studios created the opening credits using AI. Selim justified the use of AI by explaining that the bizarre, low-quality, and non-human produced opening fit the themes inherent in the new series. Selim said “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?

Selim would further clarify that he doesn’t “really understand” how the technology works (although he is likely aware that the technology and art is not created by artists utilizing computers as a tool to create art), explaining, “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.”

Human fans and artists alike balked at the opening, and posted some of their feelings about the choice on twitter.

Director Stephen Ford went so far as to call the decision a “slap in the face to literally every artist Disney has ever worked with…”

The timing of the AI-generated opening is also problematic for Hollywood, with the Writer’s Guild of America’s strike over 50 days old, and with AI being one of the main points of contention for union members.

Stay tuned to Conskipper for all of your non-AI comic art and human-generated stories.

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