Former Marvel Exec Victoria Alonso Agrees With Disney
The Marvel veteran was fired in a reported dispute after working on the Oscar-nominated “Argentina 1985.”
Former Marvel executive Victoria Alonso, who was abruptly fired last month after working at the studio since the original “Iron Man,” has reached an agreement with Disney to exit, IndieWire has learned.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Disney and Alonso’s attorney, Patricia Glaser, did not respond to a request for comment.
At the time of his exit, a studio insider said the reason Alonso was fired was because he breached a contract as a producer on the Oscar-nominated film “Argentina 1985.” The film, which was distributed by Amazon Studios and on which he was one of eight credited producers, violated company terms signed in 2018 that prohibit Disney employees from working with competing studios.
The insider claimed Alonso was given numerous warnings not to work on the film or press on its behalf, and was not given permission by Disney to produce the project. But IndieWire reported otherwise this Oscar season, writing that “producer Axel Kuschevatzky persuaded Alonso to ask Disney and Marvel for permission to help him produce.” The source claimed that Alonso was never given permission and that his continued participation in other performances and press interviews under the name of “Argentina, 1985” severed his relationship with the studio.
In a statement last month, Glaser threatened legal action and claimed his client was being “silenced” by his termination.
“The idea that Victoria was fired for a few press interviews related to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Academy Award and had Disney’s blessing is absolutely ridiculous,” Glaser said. “Victoria, the gay Latina woman who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced. Then they fired him when he refused to do something he thought was reprehensible. Disney and Marvel made a very bad decision that will have serious consequences. There is much more to this story and Victoria will tell it soon – in one forum or another.”
In 2021, Alonso was promoted to president of physics and post-production, visual effects and animation production, joining Marvel chief Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito. But his promotion came at a time when Marvel was in the midst of a massive production wave, with the studio going from just three movies a year to seven movies and eight Disney+ series by 2019 and MCU Phase 3. .
As a result, Marvel’s VFX and post-production—with Alonso serving as president of physical and post-production, visual effects and animation production—came under increased scrutiny and criticism, particularly for the critically panned “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” and its visual effects. VFX sources who recently spoke to IndieWire said they were embarrassed by the quality of their work under the Marvel banner, and one source also said Alonso spread himself too thin promoting his other film when the studio came under fire. .
Deadline first broke the news.
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