Recently, the entertainment industry was shocked when long-time Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso (pictured above) was abruptly fired from her high-level position after 17 years.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has reported that Marvel Studios removed gay imagery from Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania for its release in Kuwait and that a disagreement over this eventually led to Alonso’s removal from Marvel.
In a past statement from Alonso’s attorney, Patty Glaser, she stated that Alonso was “terminated” when she “critize[d] Disney” and “refused to do something she believed was reprehensible.”
THR states that insiders believe this “reprehensible” act was a request by Kuwait to censor gay Pride references in Quantumania.
In January when Marvel executives went to an editor to blur out a storefront window that featured the word “Pride” and rainbow decorations on a San Francisco street. Victoria, a gay Latina refused to have her team make the edit. Marvel then went to an outside film editor to have the changes done.
Most recently, Kuwait also demanded changes in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The reasoning, included removing a kiss on the forehead between the female characters of Aneka and Ayo,.
Disney made the cut.