NEWS: ‘Black Widow’ Strikes

By Legal Wires 2 Minutes Read

Scarlett Johansson, the lead star actor of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ‘Black Widow’, has sued Disney, which owns Marvel studio, for breaching her contract by releasing the movie simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ streaming service.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Scarlett said that her agreement involved a guarantee that the film will exclusively be released in theatres and her salary was based upon the box-office performance of the movie.

The suit said, “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”

Disney responded to the suit: “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic … Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date.”

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