When Victoria Alonso left her hometown of La Plata, Argentina, and moved to the United States, she dreamed of becoming a movie actress. Instead, fate led her to the world of visual effects.
After proving her chops in this sector, Alonso, 56, joined Marvel Studios in 2005, where she has served as an executive producer on every Marvel movie since The Avengers in 2012. In 2021, Alonso — recognized this year with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Vision Award, sponsored by AARP — was promoted to president of physical, post production, VFX and animation. Here is a recap of her 10 greatest box office hits.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
The third (and latest) installment in the newest Spider-Man franchise dives deep into the multiverse concept, with all three Spider-Men from series history joining up to fight past villains. As if the plot weren’t complicated enough, along comes Dr. Strange, played by the outstanding Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a far-fetched idea, but the product is sleek, colorful and dazzling. The bottom line? It's the sixth highest-grossing film of all time, at $2 billion.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Marvel shifted the narrative framework for Spider-Man with the story of an idealistic teenager who fights the forces of evil and joins up with the Avengers. It’s a lighthearted, fun take on the character, which plays on his life as a high school student. This adventure comedy has him vacationing in Venice with his best friends. The film’s success is driven by the on-screen charisma of actors Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon. The film grossed about $1.1 billion.
Captain Marvel (2019)
As the Marvel mythology continues to grow, perhaps the best part has been the emergence of superheroes who are not as well-known as the über-famous Thor and Captain America. Captain Marvel and her amazing superpowers, for example, brought a fresh appeal to a scheme involving otherworldly characters. True to form, the special effects are lavish, but none of it would work without the charm that Brie Larson brings to the starring role. This film grossed over $1.1 billion.