Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled their breach of contract lawsuit over her pay for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. The movie was originally slated for a theatrical only release, but Coronavirus changed all that and it was simultaneously released on Disney+ to stream.
Johansson’s camp claimed this negatively impacted the bonus payments they were contractually obliged to receive from box-office takings while boosting Disney’s cut. Papers were filed, lawyers were called, recriminations were made.
Things got very nasty, before both sides backed down a little and went to arbitration. Just as a court date was being set in March 2022 in case arbitration failed, both sides reached an agreement and a settlement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a statement, Johansson says:
“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.”
Right, this is like me referring back to my ex-wife and my divorce and releasing a statement saying:
“I am happy we have settled our divorce and she has taken my car. Things were OK and the vacations were expensive, when we weren’t arguing, and I look forward to continuing with the sex and the sandwich provision in years to come.”
Ain’t gonna happen! Those bridges are burnt! Black Widow 2 won’t happen, for more than one reason.
Johansson was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2018 and 2019. Black Widow premiered at events around the world on June 29, 2021, and was released in the United States on July 9 simultaneously in theaters and through Disney+ with Premier Access.
It was the first film in Phase Four of the MCU, and was delayed three times from an original May 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Widow broke several pandemic box office records and grossed over $378 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing movie of 2021.