By David T. Valentin
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have quietly settled their lawsuit after the actress claimed Disney had breached her contract with the split release of Black Widow in theatres and Disney+ which lost her much of her profit.
The dispute came after Disney released Black Widow for both a theatre release and a streamer release on Disney+ because of the pandemic and it not being particularly safe for fans to travel to theatres. However, in switching the release from a theatre only release to a hybrid release, Johansson lost out on the extra money she would have made had it been in her original contract.
Of course, Disney fiend ignorance, claiming it was because of covid. But Johansson’s attorney thought otherwise. John Berlinksi, Johansson’s attorney said, “it’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price—and that it’s hiding begind COVID-19 as a pretext to do so.”
It’s unknown how Johansson and Disney settled their dispute, or how much money Johansson might have been given, but it seems it’s in both parties interest to have found a solution and put the matter behind them.
With the success of Black Widow, it may be possible we’ll be seeing Johansson play Black Widow again in the future. How? We’re not quite sure yet, but I think the character deserves some more screen time, especially considering the writer’s treatment of the character over the years.