As a co-producer, executive producer and, ultimately, executive vice president of visual effects and post production, Victoria Alonso has been a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began, and she serves as a key member of studio president Kevin Feige's team. Feige and his studio have faced criticism and pressure from fans to make a superhero film starring a woman like Black Widow or Captain Marvel for some time now, and Alonso's no doubt heard those cries as well. During an interview backstage at a Visual Effects Society Production Summit -- where she spoke, in part, about getting more women to work in VFX -- Alsono was asked when Marvel would finally announce a female-led film.
“If it were up to me, it would be today,” she told Variety, then smiled and didn't elaborate.
Marvel Studios does already have two female-led small-screen projects -- ABC's Agent Carter and Netflix's Jessica Jones -- on the way, but on the big screen they've now been overtaken by Warner Bros., which officially announced a Wonder Woman film for a 2017 release last week. For his part, Feige's always stressed that development is happening on superhero movies led by women, but that it all comes down to timing and careful management of the many franchises the studio already has in place. When asked if the Wonder Woman announcement would put more pressure on Marvel to move up their female heroes, Alonso stressed instead the pressure of doing good work inside the studio.
"We have so much pressure internally for everything we do, we don’t need outside pressure. We are always so hard on ourselves," she said, and added that "the success of superheroes, whether ours or others, is success for all of us. But I will be honored to be part of a woman leading the way.”
Alonso might not be able to make a Black Widow or Captain Marvel movie happen "today," but in her speech at the Visual Effects Society, she did stress the continued importance of women working in Hollywood, and encouraged the inclusion of more women in VFX in particular.
“You’ve got to get the girls in here, boys. It’s better when it’s 50-50,” she said. “I have been with you beautiful, handsome, talented, creative men in dark rooms for two decades and I can tell you those rooms are better when there are a few of us in them. So as you take this with you, please remember that it’s OK to allow the ladies in. They’re smart, they’re talented. They bring a balance that you need.”