It is clear that the controversial case of Black Widow – 87% and the demand for Scarlett Johansson from Disney will be the news of the year, and it could even be one of the stories of the industry that will be remembered for a long time. And it is that to think that one of the most important stars of a franchise is revealed by an injustice in terms of its earnings is difficult; The truth is that since it was his last film in the MCU, it is not that he puts so much at risk and he is within his right to demand a fair payment.
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All this scandal arose from a strategy regarding the launch of the film after the delays to which its premiere was subjected due to the still existing pandemic. Due to the fact that several cinemas in the world closed their doors and others had to reduce their capacity, Disney, like other companies, opted for simultaneous premieres both in theaters and on its digital streaming platform.
This was good for audiences in that they would not be exposed to leaving their homes and the whole family could watch the new movies from the comfort and safety of their homes. Everything seemed to be a perfect plan, however, from the side of the workers of a production things would not be so positive, since they, in addition to their fixed salary, depend on the box office income, which obviously decreased significantly. .
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In the particular case of Black widow, things turned ant-colored because the protagonist and producer did not want a simultaneous premiere and the studio ignored it. When the film’s gross decreased drastically in its first few weeks of screening, Johansson took legal action. What has generated more conversation is that in other companies, such as Warner Bros., there have been no such complaints despite following the same strategy, but this only shows that Disney is doing something wrong with its contracts.
New information revealed by The Wall Street Journal points out that the also actress of Story of a Marriage – 98% tried to reach an agreement with the studio when they found out that they would do the simultaneous premiere despite the fact that she had refused, so their legal team contacted the executives of the company to reach an economic agreement in which it was stipulated that the protagonist would receive USD $ 100 million.
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This payment would be made unless the film managed to raise close to USD $ 1.2 billion worldwide as Black Panther – 90% or Captain Marvel – 60%, a number he didn’t even get close to. All this was taking into account that his contract only stipulated that his earnings would be reflected by the box office without taking into account what was generated in Disney Plus. According to what the legal team reported, Disney never responded to this proposal.
Some other outlets such as Hitek.fr pointed out that before Johansson’s proposal, Disney offered him USD $ 80 million calculated on the hypothetical box office of USD $ 1.2 billion. So far this situation has already begun to have certain repercussions within the company, such as the annoyance of Kevin Feige himself who has defended the actress, and the recent breakup of the Russo Brothers with Marvel.