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Victoria Alonso Fired as Marvel Exec For Her Work on ‘Argentina, 1985’

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There’s a tempest brewing in the Magic Kingdom over the firing of Victoria Alonso, who has been canned as chief executive of Marvel VFX on the grounds she was working for a rival studio in producing Argentina, 1985. A nominee for Best Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, the film was produced in part by Amazon Studios and released on Prime Video in October.

It was the Hollywood Reporter that first broke the news about the brouhaha, reporting Alonso’s claims that she had Disney’s “blessing” to work on the film and thus did nothing to violate her 2018 employment contract. Her attorney Patty Glaser, termed Disney’s motivation as “absolutely ridiculous.” Glaser is also taking LucasFilm—owned by Disney—to court for an unrelated matter.

After Alonso’s firing, Glaser was quoted as saying: “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.”

Glaser added that “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.”

A spokesperson for Disney told Variety: “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.”

But it appears that Disney had more to cry about than just Argentina, 1985. Variety also noted that Alonso’s relationship with Marvel had become “increasingly fraught” over her general oversight. Its most recent release, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, was roundly criticized for its visual effects and ended up being one of the lowest grossing Marvel Studios films ever produced.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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