Black widow VS Disney: Everything you need to know about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney+

Scarlett Johansson, the star of the Marvel superhero film Black Widow filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Company. Disney simultaneously released the film ‘Black Widow’ in cinemas and on the online streaming service, Disney+ on 9th July 2021.
Scarlett said she was promised that the film will hit the big screen 1st, which will profit the actress. But as it was released on the same day on Disney+ as well as on Cinema on the same day due to which she lost the bonuses of about 50 million dollars. She sued Disney for infringement of the agreement on 29 July 2021. The lawsuit said, “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”
On the same day, Disney posted an aggressive statement saying “Johansson’s lawsuit has no merit whatsoever. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” It also announced Scarlett’s base salary for the movie: $20 million.
On the very next day Bryan Lourd, agent of Scarlett Johansson railed against Disney’s statement saying that the company is attacking the actress’s character and revealing her $20 million salary for the movie is “an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and a businesswoman.”
On the same day, a report also stated that the boss of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige is angry and embarrassed but there were no official statements of the same.
Scarlett’s lawyer John Bernilski on 21st August released a statement against Disney saying “After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably, trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration.” When the question was raised ‘why Disney is so afraid of litigating this case in public?” He had an answer ready, said “Because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalize box office receipts to boost Disney+ subscriptions. Yet that is exactly what happened ‘ and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”
Yesterday the dispute came to an end with a settlement of $40 Million to Scarlett but there’s no official statement regarding the settlement’s number.
“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney, 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,” stated Scarlett.
The Chairman of Disney Alan Bergman also announced a statement, “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 several upcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror’.”