Marvel’s Victoria Alonso Teases ‘Mini Studio’ for Animation and Discusses Representation in Superhero Stories at NALIP Summit

(Pictured: Victoria Alonso at a fan screening for "Black Widow.")” />
"If you cannot find your fit in those rooms, make your own rooms for you. "I walked into rooms that I wasn't invited to, but I should have been there, and I just sat there until somebody asked me to leave," Alonso said. If the room didn't want me, I walked away, unless I felt like I belonged in that room, and I refreshed their minds of the reasons why I should be there."
While Marvel’s next show, “What If…?” will be the studio’s first animated series, it is far from the last. “We’re super excited about animation, which is my first love.” “We’re going to have our animation branch and mini studio, and there will be more to come from that as well,” Alonso said.
"When the chance of being a part of this streaming world came about, we were beyond excited because all of a sudden we could actually give the fans far more than 1/4 of a page or three cool moves."
Alonso also discussed how embracing different points of view leads to better storytelling.
Touching on "WandaVision," "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and "Loki," Alonso called streaming a "gift" for allowing the studio to expand the stories of characters such as Wanda and Vision.
Marvel" and "Hawkeye." Alonso also noted that there are “a few other shows” that will come out before the end of the year, including "Ms.
"If you use your voice, you will create the kind of energy that will bring change to us. To not use your voice is silence, and silence is poison." "You don't need a cape, you don't need a hammer, you don't need a shield. Your superpower is your voice, and your voice will create change for yourself, for society and for those who you love," Alonso said.
There's a layer of shame that goes away, there's a layer of 'I don't belong, I don't deserve it, I am not worthy' that goes away." "There's something really magical about being seen," she said. "When you are being seen, the shame drips down like there's no tomorrow.
"We have so much coming your way that you might tell us, 'Okay, take a break now!'" said Victoria Alonso, executive VP of film production at Marvel Studios, during a conversation with Marc Malkin, Variety Senior Editor of Culture and Events, at this year's NALIP Media Summit.
"I think it's important to consistently listen to what fans are saying," Alonso said. "If there's a vast majority that feels that something is not hitting home, then we need to look at it, but then there's times where we say, 'You know what, this is a story we're gonna tell.'"
Buenos Aires born Alonso also spoke about her own experiences as a gay woman trying to climb the Hollywood ranks.
With "Loki" featuring Marvel's first LGBTQIA+ title character and "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel" marking important steps in Black and female representation on screen, one of Alonso's goals is to increase diversity and visibility.
But instead of pausing to show off her superpowers, Alonso is already running toward her next adventure. As an executive producer on Marvel's "WandaVision" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," Alonso played a key role in earning the studio a historic 28 Emmy nominations.
She added that while it is not Marvel's "mandate" to change society, the company looks at where the world is and listens to its fans. "Balance is the key to how we can be better storytellers, more efficient filmmakers, better executives, better people," Alonso said.
Finally, Alonso offered important advice to young storytellers looking to break into the industry.

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