Marvel President Victoria Alonso Was Fired by Disney
We have been following the story of Victoria Alonso’s exit from Marvel Studios. Earlier this week, the news broke that Alonso was blindsided and forced out of her position at Marvel Studios. The Hollywood Reporter shed light on her departure, stating that Alonso has repeatedly breached her contract with Disney by working on another studio’s film Argentina, 1985.
The agreement between Disney and Alonso established a standard of business conduct whereby creatives were forbidden from working on films for a competing studio. According to sources, Alonso was repeatedly warned about her breach of contract and was eventually let go due to her unwillingness to comply.
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Victoria Alonso was one of eight producers of the Argentine historical drama Argentina, 1985. The show was distributed by Amazon and competed for the best international feature Oscar. Alonso’s firing shakes up what many call the trinity at Marvel Studios, consisting of Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso.
According to Disney, Alonso did not give notice or gain permission to create content for Amazon. When Disney discovered the breach, Alonso was offered forgiveness on the condition that she cease work on the film project. This grace was offered to Victoria Alonso only because of her longstanding tenure and great service to Marvel and Disney.
As part of that agreement, Alonso was not permitted to promote or publicize the film in any way. After the Oscars, Disney terminated Alonso and moved forward without her services. Disney has declined to comment.
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Victoria Alonso’s attorney, Patty Glaser, released a public statement when the news of her client’s termination went public. Glaser stated, “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.”
All of this drama is unfolding at a busy time for Marvel Studios, which has come under heavy criticism as of late for its treatment of the VFX artists headed by Alonso. Marvel has been under fire for imposing long hours and unrealistic timelines on its visual effects artists amidst unprecedented content being released for film and Disney+. It is unknown what effect Alonso’s exit will have on the studio, which has already delayed many upcoming movies and shows.
The firing shocked Hollywood due to its sudden nature. Many are siding with Alonso and her attorney, saying that her termination is due to her outspoken nature on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Legislation. As part of the gay community, Alonso has fought vehemently against the bill, saying, “As long as I am at Marvel Studios, I will fight for representation.”
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Who will take over Victoria Alonso’s position at Marvel is currently unknown. Still, this replacement is critical given the breakneck pace that Marvel continues to work at with its films and shows. It is unclear if Alonso’s termination played into CEO Bob Iger’s decision to slow down the release of Marvel and Star Wars content in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates on this story and more from Marvel Studios.
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