Marvel faces backlash for using AI for Secret Invasion opening credits, says “no artist jobs” were lost

Marvel’s latest TV show, Secret Invasion, has hit Disney+ yesterday and the studio is facing backlash for using AI for the opening credits.

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Marvel’s latest TV show, Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson, hit Disney+ yesterday and the studio is already facing backlash for using AI for the show’s opening credits.


Another day, another news story about the dangers of AI. It truly feels like the end is nigh, as AI gains popularity. It’s perhaps one of the biggest issues at the heart of the on-going writer’s strike and news outlets are closing left, right and centre in favour of using AI to generate generic news stories. 

Marvel, the superhero juggernaut, is the latest to utilise the controversial tool for its content. The studio used AI to create the moody, atmospheric but broadly common opening titles and it hasn’t gone down well. 

Many took to social media to criticise Marvel for using AI instead of real artists. 

Method Studios, the studio behind the opening credits for Secret Invasion released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, clarifying their stand on it. 

“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,” the statement reads. 

The statement also clarifies that several artists, including art directors and animators, worked on the opening sequence. 

“No artists’ jobs were replaced by incorporating these new tools; instead, they complemented and assisted our creative teams.”


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The director of Secret Invasion, Ali Selim, also weighed in on the debate over at Polygon

“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.”

Star Samuel L. Jackson, in an interview with Rolling Stone, said he’s been worried about studios using his likeness for a long time. Jackson, who played Mace Windu in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy, said he first brought it up when he got scanned for The Phantom Menace

“People just started worrying about that? I asked about that a long time ago. The first time I got scanned for George Lucas [for The Phantom Menace] I was like, ‘What’s this for?’” Jackson said. 

“Future actors should do what I always do when I get a contract, and it has the words ‘in perpetuity’ and ‘known and unknown’ on it: I cross that shit out,” the actor advises. 


Episode 1 of Secret Invasion is now streaming on Disney+, followed by weekly episodes every Wednesday.


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