It’s been a few months since Scarlett Johansson sued The Walt Disney Company for failing to honor Black Widow’s contract – 87%. The mouse company released the film in theaters and Disney Plus, the latter not including it in the deal with the actress. The Hollywood Reporter reports that both parties have reached an agreement, settling the differences and announcing a bright future in which Johansson will continue to collaborate with Marvel.
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Black Widow – 87% was not the successful launch that everyone expected, it raised $ 378 million at the global box office and perhaps did not even recoup their investment. The same day of its premiere in theaters, the film appeared on Disney Plus, however, the company did not share the numbers with the public, much less agreed to give up some part of the profits with its protagonist; was something that was not discussed in Johansson’s contract because Black widow it was planned as an exclusive theatrical release when she signed the papers. Despite the above, Scarlett declares to THR that she is happy with the new resolution:
I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. I am incredibly proud of the work we have done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the years to come.
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Neither Disney nor Johansson have spoken about the background of the agreement, and it will probably never be known, but at least the certainty remains that both ended on good terms and she will continue to join forces with the studio. Alan Bergman, president of content at Disney Studios, also issued a few remarks:
I am very happy that we were able to reach a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate your contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on several future projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.
For your participation in Black widow, Scarlett Johansson obtained US $ 20 million. The film received positive reviews on specialized platforms, but it did not quite win the affection of the public. The script was criticized for the treatment given to Taskmaster, in addition to the already widespread condemnation that the film arrived too late to the MCU. Black Widow allowed us to learn about Natasha’s story in depth, but perhaps it should have been released ten years ago, when the Avengers were still in formation and several of them received their own origin adventures.
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Experience with Scarlett Johansson It will surely give The Walt Disney Company tools to be more careful about future deals. Marvel Studios actors are one of the company’s gold mines and must maintain good relationships with each and every one of them. Now that Disney Plus is a major source of income, contracts from around the world will include new specifications on exhibits and earnings.
The next movie from Marvel Studios is Eternals, a superhero adventure that will feature an entirely new group of characters. This is the most diverse cast that a company product has ever had and projections estimate a notable success at the global box office. A brilliant path awaits Marvel now that it has unleashed the multiverse, will they know how to develop a better story than the previous one or will they offer us more of the same style?
Eternals opens in theaters on November 5, later will Spider-Man: Far From Home – 82% on December 17 to close with a flourish this 2021, a relatively superior year for superhero cinema.