Victoria Alonso recently was promoted to President of Physical and Postproduction, Visual Effects, and Animation. She’s been very outspoken on her hopes and passions to continue pushing the envelope on diversity in Hollywood. She was presented with the Visionary Award during the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ Outfest Legacy Awards event and gave a passionate speech, especially with the recent critical reception surrounding Eternals and their future commitment to diversity.
We have tried to stir it up and sometimes the critics are not with us. That’s OK. That’s OK. We thank you for being a critic. We thank you for writing about us. And the fans will decide. Diversity and inclusion is not a political game for us. It is 100 percent a responsibility because you don’t get to have the global success that we have given the Walt Disney Company without the support of people around the world of every kind of human there is.Victoria Alonso
She also went on to highlight their commitment to diversity when it comes to storytelling. Eternals was a big step with the MCU’s first gay and deaf superheroes among the main cast. She goes on to highlight:
I want to do it all. I want to make sure that I get out there and I create as much change as time will allow.”Victoria Alonso
The studio has been pushing more into this direction, especially with shows focused on their first Muslim-American superhero in Ms. Marvel, and a Mexican lead in Gael Garcia Bernal with the long-rumored Werewolf by Night Disney+ special. They’ve been pushing the franchise into new territory and made landmarks through projects like Shang-Chi and Black Panther. So, the MCU might continue to expand in important and relevant ways.