Scarlett Johansson settles lawsuit with Disney over ‘Black Widow’; resolved to continue working together – Times of India

Scarlett Johansson and vault Disney The company on Thursday settled its lawsuit over the streaming release ofKali Mai’, bringing a swift end to what began as the first major battle between a studio and a star over recent changes to rollout plans for films.

Johansson filed a lawsuit two months ago in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying that the streaming release of the Marvel film violated her contract and denied her potential earnings.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the two sides issued a joint statement promising to continue working together.

“I’m happy to have settled my differences with Disney,” said Johansson, who played Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in nine films going back to 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” “I’ve been 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.”

Disney Studios Content President Alan Bergman said he was “delighted that we were able to come to a mutual agreement.”

“We appreciate their contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on many upcoming projects,” Bergman said.

The lawsuit states that Johansson’s contract guaranteed a particular theatrical release, with her potential earnings tied to the film’s box office performance.

But as with other recent releases since the coronavirus pandemic began, Disney simultaneously released the film in theaters and through its streaming service for a $30 rental.

The rhetoric of the lawsuit and Disney’s response suggested a long and ugly battle.

“In the months prior to this trial, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to correct their mistake and deliver on Marvel’s promise,” the lawsuit said. “Disney intentionally abetted Marvel’s breach of agreement without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from receiving the full benefits of her deal with Marvel.”

The production giant at the time said the lawsuit had “no merit”, adding that it was “particularly sad and worrying, given its concern for the horrific and prolonged global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic”. There was a blatant disregard.”

The company also said that the changed release plan “significantly increased its ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M it has received so far.”

Delayed by more than a year due to COVID-19, “Black Widow” debuted in what was then a pandemic netting $80 million in North America and $78 million from international theaters. But after that there was a sharp drop in dramatic earnings. In its second weekend of release, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a rare statement criticizing the strategy.

Modified hybrid release strategies have sometimes led to public controversy among stars, filmmakers and financiers who are unhappy with the potential lost revenue and their lack of such strategies.

But none was as big or public as Johansson’s trial.