Marvel Studios Just Lost One Of Its Most Important Players, Is The MCU In Trouble?
Victoria Alonso, a producer who has been with the MCU since the very beginning, has left Marvel Studios.
Sometimes a career runs its course (or simply changes course), and we’re about to see what this means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in light of Victoria Alonso’s sudden exit from the company. Victoria Alonso, who played a big role in kicking off the MCU with 2008’s Iron Man, is parting ways with Marvel Studios and Disney according to IndieWire. Alonso held the position of President of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation at Marvel Studios, and she’s leaving some very big shoes to fill, to say the least.
Alonso’s long and decorated career with Marvel Studios started in 2005 when she came on board as executive vice president of visual effects and post-production. Alonso worked as co-producer for the Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger films, before serving as executive producer for Marvel Studios for every subsequent film, a responsibility she held until her exit from the company on March 17th. As far as we know, there is no bad blood between Alonso and Marvel Studios; it seems to us that she’s simply ready to move on to other projects.
Known to be an activist, Victoria Alonso has seen recent accolades for her hand in producing Argentina 1985, an Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe Winning film that explores the civil unrest and genocides in Argentina under the rule of military leader General Jorge Videla. She talks about her activism at length in her memoir, Possibility Is Your Superpower, writing:
“You don’t need a cape, you don’t need a hammer, you don’t need a shield. Your superpower is your voice, and your voice will create change for yourself, for society and for those who you love.”
Alonso was also known to spearhead Marvel Studio’s representation efforts during her tenure. Most notably, she was very outspoken in regard to Disney’s dispute with the state of Florida over the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. Alonso, who is gay, stated that as long as she is at Marvel Studios, she would continue to fight for representation.
Let’s hope that in the wake of her departure, this kind of representation will still continue.
Fortunately, there’s time to figure out who will take over, considering Alonso is credited as producer on the upcoming films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels, which are both slated for release later this summer.
Normally, when multi-faceted positions are vacated, there is a transitional phase that takes place. We don’t know for sure whether Alonso will be on some sort of advisory board as she transitions out, but it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility.