Disney and Scarlett Johansson settled 'Black Widow' lawsuit

The actress finally came to an agreement with Disney after PR battle.

A breach of contract over  Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow payday against Disney has been settled by both parties.


“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.”


The actress filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in July, claiming that the studio sacrificed the film's box office potential in order to grow its streaming service. Disney, howevered countered that Johansson was alreaddy paid $20 million doillars for the film.


Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman added: “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”


During the PR battle, some of the other talents and executives showed support to Scarlett by speaking ou on her behalf.

In her complaint, Johansson said Marvel was given an exclusive theatrical release when she signed the deal. She  claims her contract was breached when the film was released simultaneously on Disney+.


While Disney has encountered a series of problems for its handling of talent deals during the pandemic, WarnerMedia is taking a different stategy by proactively distributing up to $200 million to pay for its long list of stars whose Warner Bros. films. simultaneously released on cinemas and on its HBO Max Streaming Service, including Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Will Smith.



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