Scarlett Johansson, her team, and Disney are still fighting in court, and the Black Widow star is adamant about collecting the compensation that was deducted from her final settlement. Scarlett Johansson’s case generated outrage as industry heavyweights and the general public spoke out in her defense, arguing that she should be able to claim the missing millions from Black Widow distribution money outside of box office receipts. The growing reaction over Disney’s decision to withhold the remainder of the earnings prompted Disney CEO Bob Chapek to reconsider how the company hires talent.

Scarlett Johansson launched a lawsuit against Disney in the aftermath of Black Widow – which arrived six to seven years too late – claiming that the duel-distribution model of Black Widow violated her contract with Disney. According to The Indian Express, the complaint claims that Disney exploited the multiplatform release of Black Widow in cinemas and on Disney+ to increase user subscriptions while reducing box office bonuses.

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Scarlett Johansson said that the studio marketing the superheroine solo on the streaming service cost her $50 million in box office rewards. If Black Widow had been released only for theatrical purposes, as was planned before a series of delays, she would have received her incentives without having to resort to the use of the legal system. According to Box Office Mojo, an IMDbPro affiliate, the international total for Black Widow as of September 21, 2021, is $378,269,961. According to reports, Disney earned an additional $125 million through Disney+, although digital profits were not explicitly stated in any contract.

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Apek briefly mentioned the current feud with Scarlett Johansson without explicitly naming her during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, instead deciding to mention deals cut “three or four years ago” that would result in film releases amid the ongoing pandemic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney has subsequently responded to Scarlett Johansson’s legal claims, claiming that they displayed Black Widow on 9,000 silver screens around the United States in response. They defended themselves by claiming that Black Widow outperformed other Marvel Studios films in terms of the box office.

Chapek defended the studio’s talent payment approach, stating that talent, such as Scarlet Johansson, is the company’s most important asset. “As we have always done, we will reimburse them properly, in accordance with the terms of the contracts that they signed to with us,” the CEO stated. Without going into specifics, the CEO hinted that there is a plan to adapt to the changing climate when negotiating contracts for how Disney would distribute new material in the future.

Scarlett Johansson’s attack has been labeled “misogynistic” by lawyer John Berlinski, who has acted as the principal counsel advocating on the entertainer’s side throughout the court proceedings. In the midst of the drama, fellow Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen, one of the few to do so, expressed her support for Scarlett Johansson. There has been no resolution to the court case, and there is no clear end in sight for how Disney and Scarlett Johansson will settle their disagreement. If there is one result, it is that Disney will reconsider how they contract talent and treat them in the middle of a changing period in entertainment.

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