The former Marvel Studios EVP was reported fired from the company last week for producing and promoting ‘Argentina, 1985,’ but now attorney Patty Glaser claims the termination was actually punishment for criticizing the studio.
EVP Victoria Alonso exited Marvel Studios suddenly last week 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. Now, Alonso’s attorney Patty Glaser has 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,” reads Glaser’s full statement. “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.”
Adding to the implication Alonso was silenced, a source claims the ex-exec was banned from doing press for Marvel projects after she condemned then-CEO Bob Chapek for his reaction to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Alonso also criticized the studio’s approach to visual effects on multiple occasions.
While Alonso’s Disney employment contract from 2018 included a no-compete clause, Glaser also claims that Alonso had the studio’s “blessing” to work on and promote Argentina, despite rumors indicating Disney was never alerted.
“The idea that Disney both knew and approved her ability to work on [“Argentina, 1985″], then ostensibly say they have cause to fire her over an interview or two in support of that film, seems crazy,” added an anonymous former Disney film executive to Variety.
While Disney has been mostly mum during the debacle, a spokesperson has finally stepped up, 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.”