The intrigue is over The abrupt departure of Victoria Alonso by Marvel continues.
On March 24th THR reported exclusively about it Disney fired Alonso for breach of contract for her work on the Oscar-nominated feature film Argentina, 1985, which was manufactured by Amazon. Last week, Disney stated that the firing was due to “an undeniable breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy.”
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Alonso pushed back that explanation for the firing by attorney Patty Glaser, saying in a statement at the time: “Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced. Then she was fired when she refused to do something she thought was reprehensible.”
Some insiders at Disney believe the “reprehensible” act Glaser was referring to was a request that recent references to gay pride be censored ant man Film for the Kuwaiti market, sources say The Hollywood Reporter.
In January, when Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was being prepared for release, news broke that Marvel executives wanted an editor to deface a storefront with rainbow decorations and the word “Pride” for the version of the film to be released in Kuwait, where restrictive anti-LGBTQ laws -Laws apply. The storefront was featured in two brief scenes of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) walking down a San Francisco street.
Alonso, who is gay, was an outspoken advocate for inclusion during her time at Marvel. She publicly called on then-CEO Bob Chapek to oppose Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law — as did colleagues at sister company Pixar — and she championed various stories.
The Quantumania The request reached Alonso, who refused to let her team handle the editing as part of her visual effects and post-production oversight duties at Marvel, insiders say. Marvel then went to an outside vendor to review the editing.
There were several other changes to the film for Kuwait, which sources say is the only country where references to Pride have been defaced. The edit also removed references to alcohol, which would have conflicted with local authorities, and removed the character MODOK’s (played by Corey Stoll) animated buttocks.
Disney and Alonso officials declined to comment.
Hollywood studios have long struggled with censorship in countries with anti-LGBTQ laws, particularly in the Middle East. For Kuwait, Disney removes a moment of affection In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever between Michaela Coel’s character Aneka and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo. In other instances, Disney declined to make changes, with insiders noting that Disney would not cut out moments deemed integral to the story. Pixar light year was banned in Saudi Arabia about a same-sex kiss during Marvel’s eternal was banned in several countries as the film featured the same-sex marriage between Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and his onscreen husband Ben (Haaz Sleiman).
Disney’s policy regarding edits is as follows: “In the countries where we operate, we try to share our stories in their original form, as created by us and the artists involved. If we make changes due to legal or other considerations, these will be as narrow as possible. We will not make any edits if we believe it would interfere with storytelling. In these circumstances, we will not distribute the content to this market.”
A year ago, Alonso spoke at the GLAAD Media Awards, amid Disney’s row with Florida over “Don’t Say Gay.” On the podium, she asked Chapek to take a stand: “So I ask you again, Mr. Chapek: Please respect, if we sell family, stand against all these crazy outdated laws. Stand up for the family.”
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