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At long last the VFX workers have unionized. After countless horror stories regarding the abysmal conditions and long long hours artists were pressured to work, it seems that enough is finally enough. Marvel VFX artists unanimously voted to unionize with IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The news was shared by the official Twitter account for IATSE.

Obviously, this is great for the workers at Marvel, and most are happy to hear the news. However, some are worried about what this could mean for the studio’s future releases.

Marvel’s past with VFX workers

Like it or not, the truth is, there’s no way Marvel could carry on the way it was going. The way films were made was just plain wrong. Scripts were often rushed and there are multiple examples of higher-ups at the studio changing things last minute, be it with the script, the setting, or the characters. Of course, when crunch time came, it was often on the VFX artists to work with what little they had based on the script.

An exposé by the New Yorker showed just how overly reliant the studio had become on CGI. Speaking with a few anonymous VFX workers, the article details Marvel’s attitude towards its artists, often contracting the lowest-priced firm to do the work. This has led to underpaid and understaffed teams working to meet the immovable deadlines and it’s all made worse by higher-ups constantly changing their minds or opting to use CGI when none was needed to save time (and probably a bit of money.) 

One such example is the white Avengers outfits from Endgame which were in fact motion capture suits worn by the cast. What we see in the film was added in post-production, presumably because someone who doesn’t understand the work that goes into VFX at Marvel couldn’t decide on a look in time for the costume department to make it.

What will this mean for VFX workers?

It will obviously mean no more underpaid workers as firms won’t be able to just continually undercut each other in order to win big Marvel contracts. This will also mean better conditions for workers including healthcare and safe working environments. All in all, it’s a much better deal for the kind of important work they’re doing and there’s no doubt that this is a good thing.

What does this mean for the movies?

With more time and money given to the VFX artists, it’s safe to assume that the quality of films will go up. Let’s be honest, there have been some pretty dodgy effects in Marvel movies as of late. I’m all for some campy/schlocky movies, but we’re talking about a film franchise that’s grossed almost 30 billion dollars. I’m sorry, but Doctor Strange’s third eye, Axl’s floating head in Thor: Love and Thunder, or M.O.D.O.K from Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania don’t really look like they should be appearing in the MCU.

MODOK in Quantumania
Image via Marvel Studios

Of course, Marvel could want to save itself a few bucks in other ways, so it might cut down on its CGI. This would probably mean cutting the CGI suits in place of physical ones, and, the idea I’m most excited about: the return of physical helmets, no more of this nanotech rubbish please — go back to the old school costumes, thanks.

Other things we should prepare for might be longer waits between Marvel projects. But hey, I’m more of a quality over quantity kind of guy and I’m sure most people will agree with me. Lots of Marvel movies are great, but when most of them in recent years have been disappointing, it kind of ruins the excitement for future MCU movies. With the VFX workers being unionized, it means that there will no longer be those notorious last-minute changes from the higher-ups. Things will have to be decided and a script actually written before work begins on the CGI, meaning that the production process should be much less chaotic in the future.

This can only be a good thing overall, as fans pointed out that it’s a win-win with more talent being drawn in by the better wages and higher quality movies coming out for the average viewer.

The workers will get better conditions and we’ll get less dodgy cgi effects, a win-win

Most were just happy to hear about the new union.

Holy s*** we might actually get to see decent VFX in my lifetime what

Outstanding news! Congratulations to my Marvel VFX friends and all Marvel VFX

Of course, the most important thing now is that we can all go and watch the next MCU film with a clear conscience knowing that those who worked on it were paid properly for their work.

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By: Jordan Collins
Title: How will Marvel Studios’ VFX workers unionizing affect the MCU going forward?
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/movies/how-will-marvel-studios-vfx-workers-unionizing-affect-the-mcu-going-forward/
Published Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2023 16:17:55 +0000

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) announced today the nominees for the 2024 SCL Awards. Many of the contenders reflect the Oscar shortlist that was also announced today. The nominees include songwriters Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Lenny Kravitz, Diane Warren, and Jon Batiste who earned spots on the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song. […]

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Title: 5th Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Announces Nominees in Film, TV, and Visual Media
Sourced From: www.awardsdaily.com/2023/12/22/5th-annual-society-of-composers-lyricists-awards-announces-nominees-in-film-tv-and-visual-media/
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Title: 2024 Oscars: Best Original Song Predictions
Sourced From: www.indiewire.com/awards/predictions/2024-oscars-best-original-song-predictions-1234910982/
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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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By: Paul Kelly
Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/deontay-wilder-net-worth-career-earnings-endorsements/
Published Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2023 10:59:17 +0000

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