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Disney Settles With Former Exec Fired For Refusing To Make Anti-LGBTQ+ Edit To Marvel Film

Disney settled a multimillion-dollar compensation deal with Victoria Alonso, the former Marvel executive who refused to blur out the Pride flag for Kuwait's release of 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.'

Victoria Alonso
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In March, Marvel Studios’ President of Physical, Post-Production, VFX, and Animation was fired by Disney, coming as a shock to many.

Disney originally claimed the former exec was in violation of her contract which prohibited her from working on projects for other studios over her work on the Oscar-nominated Argentina, 1985 for Amazon Studios.

Other reports claimed Alonso, who is openly gay, was terminated for other reasons tied to LGBTQ+ advocacy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alonso refused to blur out a shop window displaying rainbow decorations and the word "Pride" for Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania's release in Kuwait.

It was also rumored Alonso's termination was the result of her speaking out against Disney's stance on Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law, even calling out former CEO Bob Chapek at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards.

Her attorney stated:

"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."
"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."

But according to Deadline, a settlement between Alonso and Disney was reached.

While the exact amount and other details remain confidential, the outlet reported "there was a multimillion-dollar financial compensation" reached this week.

Many on social media expressed their thoughts on the settlement.

Some claimed the former exec earned her payout and applauded Alonso for standing up for her values.

Several also noted settling was likely a strategic move on Disney's part.

Neither Disney nor the office of Alonso's attorney publicly commented on the settlement as of this writing.