Exclusive: Disney has settled with former Marvel Studios VFX head Victoria Alonso after she stepped back from pink last month.
While the details between Alonso and Disney are confidential, there has been a multi-million dollar financial compensation, we hear. The agreement between the two parties was reached in the past few days. Alonso represented Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP in a dispute that went public on March 24.
The office of Alonso attorney Patricia Glaser had no comment on the settlement when contacted by Deadline today. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.
Alonso was suddenly shown at the door on March 17th after 17 years at Marvel Studios. Her departure followed on the heels of her Academy Award nomination for International Feature Film Argentina, 1985. Her most recent Marvel Studios title was Head, Physical and Post-Production, Visual Effects and Animation Production. She had a studio history of being an outspoken and consistent champion of diversity in entertainment.
Reports at the time stated that Alonso had been let go by Disney to work outside the limits of her employment contract, which did not allow her to participate in non-Disney projects such as Argentina, 1985.
Glaser, a Hollywood heavyweight litigator, responded to the statement at the time, saying, “The idea of kicking Victoria out during a few press interviews related to a personal passion project on human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Academy Award and had Disney’s blessing for it. Work on it.” Absolutely ridiculous. Victoria, a Latina queer who had the guts to criticize Disney, was silenced and then terminated when she refused to do something she thought was reprehensible. Disney and Marvel made a really bad decision that would have devastating consequences. There’s a lot to this story and Victoria will tell it soon – in a forum or else”.
Disney responded on March 24: “It is unfortunate that Victoria shares a story that ignores many key factors related to her departure, including an unquestioned breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy. We will wish her all the best for the future and thank her for her many contributions to the studio.”
Alonso joined Marvel in 2006 as Head of Visual Effects and Post-Production and was involved in the 2008 launch Iron Man as co-producer, with additional co-producer credits counting at Iron Man 2 (2010), bull (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) before being promoted to an EP on The Avengers (2012). Alonso has worked as an EP on films and Disney+ series including Lately Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Thor: Love and Thunder And Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessplus TV fare such as Loki, Ms. Marvel And Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
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