Victoria Alonso, a former top executive at Marvel Studios, has settled with Disney over her sudden departure from the company in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Alonso has fired from Marvel a month ago after working there for 17 years. His last job there was as head of the physical production, post-production, visual effects, and animation.
In the days after the news that Alonso was leaving Marvel, people had a lot to say about why he did it. Sources at Disney said it was because Alonso worked for a competitor, Amazon Studios, to make the Oscar-nominated film “Argentina, 1985,” and then promoted it. This was against a contract she signed in 2022.
Patty Glaser, Alonso’s lawyer, said that claim was “absolutely ridiculous” and that Alonso had been “silenced” and then “fired” because she wouldn’t do something she thought was wrong.
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Sources later told Variety that the action was to remove a clear LGBTQ picture from “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” This is the kind of thing that places that are against LGBTQ rights often do.
In response to Glaser’s statement, a Disney representative said it was “unfortunate” that Alonso was “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,” the statement said.
During her time at Marvel, Alonso became the company’s most well-known executive under studio head Kevin Feige. She often pushed for more diverse characters in superhero stories, which made her a popular choice. In 2022, she was criticized because of how Marvel treated the visual effects artists who worked on its movies and TV shows.
The stories said that Marvel gave them too much work and impossible schedules. This drumbeat ended with the release of the movie “Quantumania,” which was widely attacked for having bad visual effects. The movie has made $474 million worldwide so far, but it is likely to lose money in theaters.
Disney and Alonso did not reply right away to a request for comment from a news outlet.