If you know the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you know Victoria Alonso’s work. As executive vice-president of physical production at Marvel Studios she has executive produced such MCU-defining films as Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, both Thor films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and executive produced or co-produced all three Iron Man films. Aside from the currently-in-production films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, she also executive produced the current box office champ, Doctor Strange.
It is likely the last bit of mind-blowing cinematic storytelling is what pushed the Visual Effects Society (VES) to name Alonso as the recipient of the next VES Visionary Award to recognize her contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment. Former winners of the award include J.J. Abrams, Ang Lee, and Christopher Nolan.
The award is intended to honor individuals who have uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work. With the honor, the society seeks to recognize Alonso’s dedication and her drive for the advancement of unforgettable storytelling through visual effects.
According to a report from Shoot Online, VES Board Chair Mike Chambers had this to say about Alonso’s award:
Victoria has elevated visual effects as an integral element of the art and business of moviemaking. She is an amazing creative force and powerhouse producer, whose unique vision has delivered some of the most popular movie franchises of all time. Her leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and she has helped redefine the profile of visual effects on a global scale. We are very proud to honor such an exemplary role model with the VES Visionary Award.
As noted at the beginning of this article, if you know the MCU, you know Victoria Alonso’s work, and it’s satisfying to see her and her MCU output getting the recognition in a very wide and varied field. What do you think? Aside from Doctor Strange, what film that she worked on do you find the most visually compelling? Let us know below!