“I’m happy to have been able to resolve the differences with the studio,” says the interpreter who has played Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a decade.
The legal battle between Scarlett Johansson and disney has come to an end. After the actress sued the studio for the premiere in ‘streaming’ – through the platform of the House of Mickey Mouse Disney + – of Black widow, both have reached an agreement.
“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney”Johansson said in a statement. “I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together over the years and have really enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future.”.
As reported Deadline, the news of the agreement comes a few days after the first court hearing for the actress’ lawsuit was postponed until March 2022.
“I am very happy that we were able to reach a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black widow“, has communicated the president of content of Disney Studios Alan Bergman. “We appreciate your contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of future projects, including Tower of Terror”.
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Although the details of the agreement have not been officially disclosed, the aforementioned media indicates that the amounts to more than $ 40 million.
JOHANSSON VS. DISNEY
Johansson has played Natasha Romanoff/Black widow for a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black widow, the first solo installment about the character, reached theaters and Disney + -through Premium Access at an additional cost for subscribers- simultaneously.
The actress filed the lawsuit against the studio because, according to her, Disney was profiting at the expense of his work by releasing the film on the streaming platform.. Under Johansson’s contract, the actress only received benefits from the movie’s theatrical collection.
After knowing the legal actions taken by the interpreter, Disney published a statement that the actress’s lawyers described as “a misogynistic attack” and organizations like Time’s Up, ReFrame and Women in Film they also branded as “macho attack”. The words of the study were as follows: “The lawsuit is especially saddened by its callous disregard for the horrific and lingering global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”. In addition, they revealed Johansson’s salary.
After what happened with Black widow -the film grossed more than 378 million dollars at the world box office-, Disney has decided that the rest of its projects will exclusively hit theaters. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the second film of the Phase 4 from Marvel Studios, has accumulated more than $ 366 million all over the world. Free Guy, the film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer, has raised more than $ 318 million worldwide. Eternals, the third film installment of the new stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will also be released exclusively in theaters next November 5th.
Johansson’s lawsuit has brought to the table the need to take into account the benefits that interpreters receive with films intended to be seen only in theaters, but whose premiere has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. As producer Jason Blum stated regarding the lawsuit: “[Johansson] he is doing something very difficult, he is doing something very brave and he is fighting for all talents “.
Now that everything has been fixed, Johansson and Disney will be able to continue collaborating in the future. As Bergman has pointed out in his statement, one of the next projects that the actress and the studio will work on is in Tower of Terror, a movie based on the famous Disney attraction. The interpreter will be the producer of the film and will also star in it.