A Glass-Shattering Woman Is Responsible For Marvel’s Greatest Blockbusters
Meet Victoria Alonso, the Argentine woman kicking ass and taking names at Marvel Studios. Alonso doubles as the executive producer and executive vice president of physical production, and is behind virtually all of your favorite Marvel films, including Doctor Strange, The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3.
Latina recently chatted with the visual effects maven, delving into the nooks and crannies of what it takes to be a leading woman in a male-dominated franchise. Here are some of our favorite takeaways:
Tell us about your job as executive vice president of physical production at Marvel Studios.
I’m the EVP of physical production at Marvel Studios and executive producer on all our films. We are currently in production on eight films, in their various stages. That means that every day, I read treatments, beat sheets or scripts and I watch dailies from set or from our visual effects teams. I’m involved in the visual development of the films, as well as marketing. It’s really a fun job!
You’re one of very few women to hold a position as physical production chief at a studio. What does that feel like?
Bottom line, there needs to be more women in all areas of film production — but especially at the top. Women often change the tone in the room, and have different ways of thinking and communicating. Women need to be better represented in all facets of film production, and I’ve made a commitment to advocate for women at Marvel Studios and at Disney.
You were the executive producer of major films like “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and many more. That’s amazing! What’s something you can tell us about the making of these film favorites that most viewers don’t know?
Here are two fun facts: 1) Marvel’s favorite food, hands down, is pizza. So when we’re gearing up for a long night of reviews, we always order pizza — lots and lots of pizza. Our movies are made on pizza fuel. 2) My favorite toy is an oversized blow-up baseball bat that has smiley faces all over it; I call it the “Happy Stick.” When the days and nights are long, I walk around the production office with my happy bat to make sure everyone is still remembering that we’re supposed to be having fun, too.
You’re from Argentina. What do you think your Latina identity brings to this position?
Argentinians are very direct people, and I’ve found that has served me well. I’ve found that being direct and honest is often the best policy.