Victoria Alonso, a former executive for Marvel Studios, has now chosen to speak out through her attorney, alluding that her firing was about more than just the breach of contract that has been claimed by the big mouse.
The recent news about the termination of ALonso's contract came with rumors that she'd been let go because of her promotion of "Argentina, 1985," an Oscar-nominated Amazon project. Despite this, she has been saying that there is actually far more to the story.
"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," explained Patty Glaser, the attorney for Alonso, as part of a statement reported on by Variety.
Marvel Entertainment is known to be a subsidiary of the Disney Company.
"Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced," the statement from Glaser went on. "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 number of Sources from Disney have claimed that Alonso was quite upset about being forced to blur out a few images of gay pride decorations from the Marel movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," in order to see the film be released in Kuwait. The pride items in question were spotted in a storefront window as Paul Rudd's character Scott Lang runs down the road of San Francisco street.
This is just one small example of the many times that studios in Hollywood have chosen to omit various scenes in order to appeal better to audiences from foreign countries. The version for Kuwait also required all references of alcohol and animated butt cheeks of a character be removed, explained The Hollywood Reporter. Not one other version of the movie was forced to have the pride flags taken out.
Alonso spoke out, additionally, against Disney CEO Bob Chapek during the controversy from last year regarding Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill.
"So I ask you again Mr. Chapek: please respect—if we’re selling family—take a stand against all of these crazy outdated laws," expressed the Marvel exec at that time. "Take a stand for family. Stop saying that you tolerate us. We deserve the right to live, love, and have. More importantly, we deserve an origin story."
Disney issued a response to the most recent claims from Alonso. "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," expressed the company. "We will continue to wish her the best for the future and thank her for her numerous contributions to the studio."