Victoria Alonso, the former EVP of Production at Marvel Studios and an Executive Producer of Captain Marvel, was just promoted and named as the President of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation at Marvel Studios this week. Alonso is an out gay woman that studio head Kevin Feige praised as “an incredible partner and part of our team since the very first Iron Man.”
During her time at Marvel, she has also served as the Executive Producer of “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), “Black Panther” (2018), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), and “Iron Man 3” (2013), just to name a few. Alonso, who moved to the U.S. from Argentina when she was 19, and her wife, Imelda Corcoran, live in L.A. with their 11-year-old daughter, and is very open about her plans to increase LGBTQ representation at Marvel.
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Last November, when she accepted an award at the Outfest Legacy Awards, she promised the attendees that they can expect much more diversity and inclusion and “woke” ideology in the near future of all Marvel and Disney productions. Speaking at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, she shared her views about equality, saying of her work at Marvel:
“…sometimes the critics are not with us. That’s okay. We thank you for being a critic. We thank you for writing about us. And the fans will decide. Diversity and inclusion is not a political game for us. It is 100% a responsibility because you don’t get to have the global success that we have given the Walt Disney Company without the support of people around the world of every kind of human there is.”
She went on to apologize to transgender actor Rain Valdez, saying “I perhaps have not 100 percent done right by you,” Alonso told the audience “as long as I am at Marvel Studios” she will lobby for more transgender characters in Marvel superhero films.
Josiah at Geeks & Gamers has lost faith in Marvel Studios due to the promotion of Alonso, among other reasons.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter she revealed that during her tenure as an executive vp physical production for Marvel Studios, she would regularly walk into any meeting, and tally the number of men and women in attendance, so that at the end, she could announce the ratio. She joined the company in 2006 as chief of visual effects, and climbed the corporate ladder to where she was managing 68 employees and an army of vendors who make all Marvel movies and TV series.
Breitbart’s Paul Bois reports that it is Alonso’s expressed desire to make the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as “diverse and inclusive” as possible.
“I can tell you we are actively working on making our universe as diverse and inclusive as we can. Be patient with us. We have a lot coming in the future,” she said.
Speaking at a Women in Animation panel at the Annecy International Film Festival in 2021, Alonso claimed that diversity, inclusion, and gender parity “all go hand-in-hand with showing the world as it is,” according to Deadline.
“There are about 6,000 characters in the Marvel library that we have access to, so if this goes right, we will be telling these stories for many, many, many, many, many generations to come,” she said. “And the importance of laying the ground for what’s to come is that in those stories, there are many different characters that you can actually voice.”
Alonso credited the MCU’s overall success with the fact that the studio caters to a global audience.
“You cannot have a global audience and not somehow start to represent it… For us, it was really, really, really important to have that,” she said.
Alonso described the X-Men name as being dated due to its exclusion of female superheroes.
Bounding Into Comics reported last fall that she always felt that one of Marvel Comics most popular teams, the X-Men was dated, particularly it’s team name, due to its exclusion of female superheroes.
““I don’t know where the future is going. It’s funny that people call it the X-Men, there’s a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it’s outdated.”
If past statements such as these are any indication or how she intends to lead, it’s clear that Alonso has an agenda that will further push the M-She-U to be less and less appealing, and alienate long time fans of Marvel Comics.