At the beginning of July, Black Widow, the first Marvel film in two years, appeared in which the eponymous agent takes on a Russian general. By the way, our Marvel expert Vali explains how good the flick turned out in his film review:
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However, the fight for Black Widow is not over yet: As the Wall Street Journal reports, actress Scarlett Johansson is now taking to court to sue Disney. The reasons for this are not entirely understandable for the mega-corporation.
That’s why Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney
This is what it’s all about: As the Wall Street Journal reports, Johansson’s contract should not only guarantee that Black Widow will appear exclusively in the cinema – the actress’ final salary is also linked to the success of the film.
Black Widow should actually have been released in theaters in summer 2020, but was postponed to this July due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now the film can not only be seen in cinemas, but also for a surcharge on the Disney + streaming service. A clear breach of contract for Johansson and her lawyers.
According to the WSJ, this should help Johansson lost up to $ 50 million because of the digital release, fewer people than expected saw the film in the cinema.
“Too bad”: Disney reacts with incomprehension
After the lawsuit became known, Disney immediately published an unusually pointed statement. The media giant replied that the terms of Johansson’s contract for the lead role in the Avengers spin-off film were adhered to, which is why the lawsuit is “completely unfounded.”
You can also find this complaint »a shame and unsettling“Because it” ignores the dire and long-lasting global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
Disney went on to say that Johansson had already collected $ 20 million for her appearance on Black Widow. The release on Disney + should also “have significantly improved your opportunities for further income.” It is currently not known whether the actress will also participate in the streaming revenue – but the Disney statement sounds like it.
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