Although the exact terms of the agreement remain mum, as neither party has commented on the settlement, millions of dollars in financial compensation were reportedly awarded to the axed exec.
Disney and Ex-Marvel Studios VFX chief Victoria Alonso have finally reached a settlement after Alonso was terminated suddenly last month on March 17. While the terms of the deal are unknown, millions of dollars in financial compensation were reportedly awarded to the axed exec. Neither party has commented on the settlement.
Alonso exited Marvel Studios suddenly last month for, at the time, reasons unknown. Rumors began to circulate that the producing powerhouse was fired for breach of contract after promoting her film Argentina, 1985, which was co-produced with Amazon Studios. Alonso’s attorney Patty Glaser then unveiled another possible truth, stating to Variety the MCU executive was “silenced” after criticizing Disney.
“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,” read Glaser’s full statement.
While Alonso’s Disney employment contract from 2018 included a no-compete clause, Glaser claimed that Alonso had the studio’s “blessing” to work on and promote Argentina, despite rumors indicating Disney was never alerted.
However, a Disney spokesperson soon fired back on March 24, stating, “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.” It seems we will never know the full truth of the debacle.
Alonso’s nearly two-decade tenure with Marvel and then Disney (after its 2009 Marvel Studios purchase) saw the MCU become the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. She first joined Marvel in 2006 as chief of visual effects and post-production and was promoted to executive producer for The Avengers in 2012. Then, in 2021, she reached new heights as president, physical and post-production, visual effects and animation production. Adding to her achievements, Alonso was named one of People en Español magazine’s Most Influential Hispanic Women in both 2019 and 2020 , and has earned her place on THR’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list on multiple occasions.