On Thursday (July 29), Johansson alleged that the simultaneous release of Black Widow on Disney Plus as well as in theaters violated its contract and a Marvel “promise” made before production.
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 $ 20million (£ 14.3million) she has received to date.
Disney has been widely criticized for its response, with Johansson’s arts agency condemning the studio for disclosing his salary.
At the time of writing, other than Bautista, none of Johansson’s other Marvel stars have commented on the controversy.
After the news broke, the actor, who plays Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, shared a link to a report. on Twitter, writing: “I told them they should have made a #Drax movie but noooooo! “
His post, which apparently jokes that the studio could have avoided a lawsuit had it chosen to make a standalone Drax film instead of Black Widow, divided fans, with many complaining that he made fun of Johansson’s predicament.
Others have come out on behalf of the actor, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with the message.
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.