Scarlett Johansson, the famous Hollywood actress who has played Black widow in Marvel Studios all these years, has presented a lawsuit against Disney for breach of contract when releasing Black Widow simultaneously both in cinemas and on Disney +, claiming that said decision was not part of the initial agreement and that for this reason he is failing to earn millions of dollars, since his salary depends on a box office performance which is well below expectations.
Complicated relationship between actress and company
And it seems that a good part of Scarlett Johansson’s salary for Black Widow was contingent on her performance at the box office and the reality is that the film has had the worst second weekend from any Marvel Studios premiere; the motives? The general public that has not yet flocked to movie theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic, to which we must add the simultaneous premiere in Disney+. And according to the actress and her lawyers, the premiere on the streaming platform it was not part of the agreement initial.
According to the lawsuit filed before the Los Angeles Superior Court of Justice, “Disney intentionally induced Marvel to breach the agreement without justification.” On the other hand, the actress’s lawyer, John Berlinski, has assured that it is likely that more lawsuits are filed against Disney since the company “has a duty to comply with its contracts.”
The lawsuit also alleges that they have in their possession emails from Marvel’s main lawyer assuring that a change in the business model in relation to the premiere should be agreed with the actress, something that never happened. According to media such as The Wall Street Journal, the actress would stop earning around $ 50 million by a unilateral decision of the company on the simultaneous premiere of Black Widow. We will see what is left of all this clash of interests.
Source | The Wall Street Journal