Scarlett Johansson & Disney Settle ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson & Disney Settle ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson & Disney reach a settlement on the ‘Black Widow’ lawsuit. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Scarlett Johansson starred in Black Widow as the Russian assassin-turned-Avenger superhero of the film’s title, a role she has played in nine Marvel films. Johansson filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney in July. The studio responded in a bizarre and rather sexist. Johansson accused Disney of breaching her contract when it offered the movie on its Disney+ streaming service while it was still showing in cinemas. Disney stated Johansson’s salary to the public.

Alan Bergman, content chairman for Disney Studios, said, “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow.”

He added: “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.”

Johansson said, “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.”

Black Widow, which debuted simultaneously on 9 July in cinemas and via Disney+, set a box office record for a release during the coronavirus pandemic in its first weekend, grossing $218m (£161m), but box office receipts then fell sharply.

Johansson topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2018 and 2019, with earnings before tax estimated to have topped $56m in the year to June 2019.

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