The woman behind Avengers: Endgame

The highly anticipated film Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived in theatres as the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fans were left emotionally devastated after Avengers: Infinity War, watching the villain Thanos leave the universe in ruins. The fate of popular characters like Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) were left in question.

The latest addition to the MCU picks up where Infinity War left off, with the remaining Avengers moving forward from the devastating defeat.

Throughout the Marvel movie franchise, one woman has been the architect behind bringing 21 of 22 films to the big screen.

Victoria Alonso, executive producer of End Game and executive vice president of production for Marvel Studios, has become an industry powerhouse. Alonso moved to the U.S. from Argentina when she was 19 years old. She became a mighty voice in visual effects, working on blockbuster films like Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and Tim Burton’s Big Fish before starting her career at Marvel with Iron Man.

Alonso has been a vocal advocate for diversity in the entertainment industry, both in front and behind the camera.

“When I renewed my contract at Marvel, I told Kevin [Feige] and Louis [D’Esposito] that one of the most important things that I would do is I would hold the banner for every little girl out there so if they can see it, they can be it,” Alonso said in her acceptance speech at the 2017 Visual Effects Society Visionary Awards, becoming the first woman to be recognized with the achievement.

The film executive was also the first woman to be presented with the Harold Lloyd Award from the Advanced Imaging Society, specifically for her work in 3-D motion pictures.

Yahoo Canada spoke to Alonso about Endgame and what it’s like to be the woman behind Marvel.