Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Company because they released “Black Widow” for streaming on Disney Plus at the same time it released it to theaters.
Johannson says it hurts her financially because her compensation is based on box office receipts. She's calling it a breach of contract and says Disney promised her separate releases. Disney fired back at Johansson, slamming the actress’ breach of contract lawsuit for showing “callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Disney is countering that it complied with the terms of Johansson’s deal.
They said, “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Disney went on to state that Johansson has already received $20 million for her work and argued that “the release of ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she has received to date.”