Scarlett Johansson black widow

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over Black Widow release |2021

Just three weeks ago, Black Widow, featuring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, was released, and it received a lot of positive response from the audience. But things have not been going well for Johansson and Disney, as the situation is heated up right now. Let us get into it.

Scarlett Johansson black widow

Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff in the movie, and this is the 24th movie by Marvel Studios and lies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johansson has previously played this character of Natasha in many movies, and this is the first time the character is playing as the solo lead in the movie. Before, Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow only featured in several other Marvel movies like Captain America, Avengers, Captain Marvel, etc.

According to the reports, Johansson has sued Disney for breach of contract after the movie was made available on their streaming platform Disney+, while also running in the theatres at the same time. She filed this lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and held Disney accountable for not staying true to their words, as she was promised that Black Widow would be a theatrical release.

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Also, Johansson’s salary is based in large part on the box office performance of the film. The part of the lawsuit document read, “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”

Disney responded to this saying, “Disney has fully compiled with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 Million she has received to date.”

Further, they went to say that her legal action was “especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Bryan Lourd, Johansson’s agent, replied back and accused Disney of shamelessly trying to smear her character. He writes, “Scarlett has been Disney’s partner on nine movies, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions”, continuing his words, “The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of. Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.”

Even before the pandemic, Johansson worried that Black Widow might be released on Disney+ to increase the activity on the streaming service, so her representatives asked for reassurance of a theatre only release. The lawsuit file includes an alleged email from the Marvel Chief Counsel, where he states that Black Widow will follow the traditional theatrical release and if any changes should be done then they would consult with all the parties involved.

In an interview, Johansson said that she has “no plans to return as Natasha”, telling, “I feel really satisfied with this film. It feels like a great way to go out for this chapter of my Marvel identity.”

As of now, Black Widow has grossed over $162.6 Million in the United States and Canada, and over $160.1 Million in other territories, with a worldwide total of $322.7 Million. In the opening week, the movie earned $80.4 Million in the United States, and $78.8 Million internationally, totalling $219.2 Million globally.

In Disney+, the movie was only accessible with $30 premium access, and the streaming platform has collected over $60 Million worldwide.

Since Black Widow might be the last movie of Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, do you think she will change her mind after settling down this ongoing discussion?

 

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