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100 crew members quit working on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse due to unsustainable working conditions

Joe Harker

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100 crew members quit working on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse due to unsustainable working conditions

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A number of crew members quit the production of Spider-Man: Across the Spider Verse over complaints about the working conditions.

While the movie is a massive success both critically and commercially there have been complaints over how it was made and the difficulties members of the crew faced.

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According to Vulture, around 100 artists quit production while the film was being made and they said that there was so much overtime it just wasn't sustainable.

They explained that for over a year they were working 11 hour days, seven days a week to make up for time lost to 'pandemic related delays', but those who spoke anonymously told Vulture that the delays were actually because they lost several months waiting for co-creator Phil Lord to tinker with the movie.

The artists said they had to go back and revise their work as many as five times during the final rendering stage of the movie.

As much as you might love Across the Spider Verse, and it's hard not to love such a brilliant movie, it does somewhat sour the enjoyment of it all when it sounds like the people making the thing were put through the wringer.

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Spider-Man is back in another excellent movie but people who quit the production crew say it wasn't all sunshine and roses. Credit: Sony Pictures
Spider-Man is back in another excellent movie but people who quit the production crew say it wasn't all sunshine and roses. Credit: Sony Pictures

On top of making the movie they also had to make multiple versions of it as audiences are just now figuring out there are multiple versions of the Across the Spider Verse in cinemas.

The end product itself is very highly rated and almost everyone who's seen it reckons it's a fantastic movie that is a must see for Spidey fans.

However, even if it can stake a claim to being the best Spider-Man piece of entertainment ever made the difficult experience lots of people had to make it is not something people should want from their film productions.

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As much as we might want great movies to show up on our screens as soon as possible it's better to wait longer if it means the people making the thing aren't overworked and worn out by the end of it.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider Verse is a major hit in cinemas but some who worked on it have warned about the conditions they went through. Credit: Marvel
Spider-Man: Across the Spider Verse is a major hit in cinemas but some who worked on it have warned about the conditions they went through. Credit: Marvel

The third and final instalment in the Spider Verse movies, Beyond the Spider Verse, is currently pencilled in for a release date of 29 March next year but that seems like a rather tight deadline to hit.

On top of that it might just be better in general not to crunch the people making the movie so much that around 100 of them decide they'd rather quit.

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However, film producer Amy Pascal who worked on the Spider Verse movies said they employed 'over a thousand' artists on the film's production and that to lose around 100 artists wasn't actually that surprising.

UNILAD has contacted Sony Pictures for comment.

Topics: Film & TV, Spider-Man, Film and TV, Sony

Joe Harker
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