The release of Black Widow up Disney + (only for subscribers to the VIP service) almost simultaneously with the cinema it was undoubtedly a good success for the company, a real breath of fresh air after a very long period of drought. However, what glitters is not always gold, and if on the one hand Disney has earned a good amount, on the other hand it will have to pay it for a lawsuit against Scarlett Johansson.
The famous actress is suing the company for breach of contract from Black Widow. More specifically, in the contract it was written that the film with the leading star should only be released in cinemas. In fact, part of the salary was based precisely on the box office turnover which undoubtedly dropped as soon as the film was released in streaming.
They estimate themselves losses for the actress around 50 million dollars. Representatives of Scarlett Johansson had attempted to renegotiate the contract after learning that the film (the latest with Johansson playing Black Widow) would have come out as Premiere Access on the Disney + platform, however it seems that no answers have come from either Disney or Marvel. Here is a small excerpt of the cause:
Disney intentionally induced Marvel to violate the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her agreement with Marvel.
According to an email within the lawsuit, Dave Galluzzi, Marvel’s chief adviser, reassured the actress by telling her that there would be further discussion in case the plans were revised, a discussion that apparently did not take place. For those who have not yet seen the film in streaming or at the cinema, we leave you our review at the following link.
This last period has been particularly rich for lovers of the Marvel universe, with the new original series entitled Loki available on the platform (here you can find the review of the first two episodes).