Avoiding a potentially embarrassing lawsuit, Disney has settled with former Marvel Studios president Victoria Alonso over her dismissal from the company in March, according to reports.
Deadline broke the news of the settlement, with other outlets later confirming. Neither Disney nor Alonso were willing to comment on the settlement, details of which remain under wraps but are rumored to be in the “multi-million dollar” range. The deal was reportedly reached at some point in the past few days, and presumably puts the matter to bed, at least publicly.
Alonso’s surprise departure from the company after 17 years became public knowledge in late March, although neither Alonso nor Disney were giving any explanation for the reasons why. That might have been because, as quickly became apparent, there was significant disagreement as to what had happened: Marvel and Disney claimed that Alonso had breached her contract by producing the indie drama Argentina 1985 — Alonso denies this, saying she had permission from the company — while Alonso’s lawyer cited conflict with Marvel over requests to censor LGBTQ content in movies to appeal to repressive international audiences.
Prior to her dismissal, Alonso had been with Marvel since 2006, initially joining the company as chief of visual effects and post-production. By the time she was fired, she had become Marvel’s president of physical and post-production, visual effects and animation production, as well as an executive producer on every single Marvel movie from 2012’s The Avengers to this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Additionally, Alonso was an EP on all of Marvel’s Disney+ shows to date.