More Details Revealed On Marvel’s Head Of VFX & Post-Production Victoria Alonso’s Departure
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Marvel’s Victoria Alonso had left the company last Friday following seventeen years with the company, and now more details have been revealed about why she had left. There had been reports that Victoria Alonso was in breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy, because she was working on the Academy Award-nominated film, “Argentina, 1985”, and hadn’t initially sought permission to produce the film. She had been given permission, but was distinctly not supposed to promote the political drama, which she did.
Victoria’s most recent title at Marvel Studios was President, Physical and Postproduction, VFX and Animation Production. She joined the company in 2006 as chief of visual effects and post-production, where she worked on “Iron Man 2”, “Thor”, “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Avengers”. Most recently, she has also served as executive producer on “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, “Thor: Love and Thunder”, and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. In addition to working on the Disney+ Originals, “Loki”, “Ms Marvel”, “Moon Knight”, “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”, and “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Holiday Special”.
There had also been reports that following her outspoken comments about how former Disney CEO Bob Chapek handled the “Don’t Say Gay” situation, Victoria had been benched and wasn’t allowed to do interviews or media at all for new Marvel releases.
Since this information came out, Victoria has retained the services of Patty Glaser, who is a preeminent media and entertainment attorney, renowned for her wealth of trial experience. A statement was issued on Friday.
The idea that Victoria was fired over a handful of press interviews relating to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Oscar and which she got Disney’s blessing to work on is absolutely ridiculous. Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced. Then she was terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible. Disney and Marvel made a really poor decision that will have serious consequences. There is a lot more to this story and Victoria will be telling it shortly—in one forum or another.
This statement, led to a Disney spokesperson telling Deadline:
“It’s unfortunate that Victoria is sharing a narrative that leaves out several key factors concerning her departure, including an indisputable breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy. We will continue to wish her the best for the future and thank her for her numerous contributions to the studio.”
With so much criticism about the visual effect problems for all of the Marvel Studios films and Disney+ shows in the last phase of the MCU, there had been lots of speculation about why she was let go. And apparently, while the output from Marvel Studios drastically increased during the last few years to feed Disney+ with enough content, one insider said that Alonso would take days off to conduct her own business, such as producing the other film, which resulted in some issues with the post-production of some Marvel projects, causing theatrical release date delays.
Ultimately, it does sound like this is going to get a little messier as the two battle over what has happened.