Not long after Black Widow was released in North America and many other most markets on July 9th. It was reported that Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney for the Black Widow’s hybrid release.
Scarlett Johansson has had a very fruitful partnership with Disney through the latter’s subsidiary Marvel Studios. She has played Black Widow six times before reprising the role, which was presumably for the last time. However, not long after the movie was released in North America and many other most markets on July 9. The wall street journal reported in their news that she has sued the House of Mouse for the film’s hybrid release.
Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney for claiming that the movie’s simultaneous release in theatres. Disney+ breached the terms of her contract with the studio, robbing her of bonuses up to $50 million. Most of the films before the pandemic heading for theatres for release on streaming services survive after a certain period of time. After the pandemic hit and caused disruption in the theatrical business, there big studios like Disney and Warner Bros changed tack.
According to the lawsuit: “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’s response was quite aggressive and quick. On the same day, the company released a statement saying Johansson’s lawsuit has “no merit whatsoever. It continued. Disney’s statement said: “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” On the same day, many news reports also came out that said that Kevin Feige, the boss of Marvel Studios is also very angry and embarrassed by the whole thing.
After all this ruckus Scarlett through her lawyer pulled up Disney for their misogyny attack. Her statement said: The statement also said that now the studio is trying to “hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration.” She added: “Why is Disney so afraid of litigating this case in public?” asked her lawyer. The further statement said: Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts in order to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it,”