Victoria Alonso Exits Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios executive and producer Victoria Alonso reportedly departed last Friday, as revealed by a recent article in THR. Disney and Marvel have been contacted by IGN for statements but have yet to provide any details about her exit.
Before leaving, Alonso was President of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation at Marvel Studios. However, she joined the company in 2006 as Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production. She has a long history as a producer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man as co-producer and visual effects producer. She continued to co-produce Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger and then became an executive producer on The Avengers and all subsequent MCU films.
Additionally, Alonso was the executive producer for all MCU Disney+ series. Although she played a key role in transforming the MCU into a financial giant, recent MCU films’ VFX and the treatment of VFX workers have faced criticism, particularly with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. A Vulture report revealed that some VFX artists alleged budget and resource issues due to the prioritization of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever over Quantumania.
Alonso is still credited as an executive producer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, set to premiere on May 5, and the Disney+ series Secret Invasion and Ironheart. Throughout her career, Alonso has advocated for diversity in entertainment, emphasizing the importance of inclusion, diversity, and gender parity during a 2021 Women In Animation panel at the Annecy Animation Film Festival.
As an openly gay executive, Alonso urged then-Disney CEO Bob Chapek to oppose anti-LGBTQ+ legislation like Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. She committed to fighting for representation for all as long as she remained at Marvel Studios.
Alonso’s departure is a shock to the industry, considering her integral role in shaping Marvel Studios into a groundbreaking powerhouse. Her memoir, Possibility Is Your Superpower, details her journey from growing up in Argentina to becoming a key figure in Hollywood, which will be released soon. It remains to be seen if her departure indicates a period of uncertainty for the company or is merely coincidental. Regardless, Alonso’s exit is a significant loss for Marvel Studios and a potential gain for her future endeavors.