On Tuesday, a dark cloud descended over the set of Marvel Studios’ latest series “Wonder Man” in Studio City, Los Angeles, with the tragic accidental death of a crewmember. The fatal event, which saw 41-year-old rigger Juan Carlos Osorio of Temple City fall from the rafters, sparked an outpouring of sorrow and solidarity within the industry and among Marvel enthusiasts. A much-respected figure among his peers, Osorio’s death has raised crucial questions about the safety protocols in place on the sets of major studios, underlining the stark reality of the perils that lurk amid the glamour and glory of Hollywood.
The incident, as reported by the Associated Press, occurred at the CBS Radford Studios, Los Angeles. A Marvel spokesperson expressed the company’s condolences, stating, “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends, and our support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”
“Fundraiser for Juan ‘Spike’ Osorio, Who Died on Marvel’s ‘Wonder Man’ Set, Surpasses $120,000 in 24 Hours,” wrote Variety on Twitter on February 7, 2024, reflecting the outpouring of global solidarity for the Osario family.
Noteworthy is that Abdul-Mateen II starrer “Wonder Man”, in which Osario was working, was not scheduled for filming on the day of the accident. Nonetheless, the news of his untimely demise has sent shockwaves throughout the industry. “Wonder Man,” starring Simon Williams as a stuntman-turned superhero, has begun to grapple with the harsh reality behind the curtain.
In the aftermath of this calamity, Matthew D. Loeb, the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), expressed his profound shock and pledged full support for the ongoing investigation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in their announcement to investigate this accident, has offered reassurances to members of the entertainment industry that the maintenance of safety protocols on set is to be treated with paramount concern.
Simultaneously, a GoFundMe campaign aiming to help Osorio’s family, has already raised over $124,000. The campaign page echoes the sentiments of many, reading, “On February 6th, 2024, our friend [Juan] Spike [Osorio] lost his life on the set of Marvel’s ‘WonderMan’ shoot at CBS Radford studios due to a potential structural failure.”
Thursday’s incident underscores the growing demand for robust safety measures and fair working conditions within the industry, highlighting an urgent need for change. As Osario’s friends and colleagues echo, “We are hoping the Production Company, The Facility, MBS, Marvel Studios handles things properly, but expect a long road fraught with attorney fees and expenses.”
As we mourn the loss of Juan Carlos Osorio, the heartfelt messages, fundraisers, and a pledge from industry veterans to improve safety measures, all stand testament to the pressing demand for actionable change. This tragedy is a stark reminder of the real-life risks faced by those who work behind the scenes to bring our favorite superheroes to life. It calls for a rethink of the safety norms in place, demanding greater accountability from all players involved in this glamorous yet perilous industry. With a renewed sense of urgency, it’s important that this tragic event catalyze meaningful action to ensure the safety and well-being of all those who work tirelessly to create magic on screen.