Johansson alleged that the simultaneous release of Black Widow on Disney Plus as well as in theaters violated his contract.
The actor’s lawsuit says his compensation for the film was “largely based” on Black Widow‘s at the box office, and had “extracted a promise from Marvel that the release would be a’ theatrical release. ‘
He continues, “Disney was well aware of this promise, but nonetheless asked Marvel to violate its commitment and instead publish the image on the Disney + streaming service on the same day it was released in theaters. . “
In response to Johansson, Disney released a statement, saying The independent: “There is no merit in this deposit. The lawsuit is particularly sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Disney has fully honored Ms. Johansson’s contract and, moreover, the release of Black Widow on Disney + with Premier Access has dramatically improved her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $ 20 million she has received to date.
Johansson, whose lawsuit says Disney “intentionally induced Marvel to violate the deal” to prevent it “from taking full advantage of its market,” was supported in its decision to take action against the studio.
“I don’t care how rich Scarlett Johansson is already,” wrote journalist Tomris Laffly. “She was screwed over because of a breach of contract and she should sue. You can’t really pretend you’re helping professional women demand what they’re worth and what they’ve promised and then say, ‘Except her, she’s fine the way she is.’ “
Another Twitter user who specializes in law wrote: “When someone says you’ve broken a contract and you start talking about global pandemics, you’ve broken that contract 100%. “
“Disney is worth $ 130 BILLION and doesn’t want to pay an actress what she rightly deserves. This statement is SO selfish, it really turns me off, ”added another.
As it is, Black Widow is one of the lowest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films to date with worldwide grossings of $ 319.5million (£ 229million), a figure cinema owners attribute to the simultaneous release in streaming.
The film, which is the long-awaited standalone release of Johansson’s character, is set to be his last appearance in the MCU. It was originally slated for release in May 2020, but has been postponed until June 2021.