Disney and Scarlett Johansson settle Black Widow lawsuit

By Stephen Ippolito | October 1st, 2021

In July, Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson filed an explosive lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company for releasing the film simultaneously on Disney+ and in theaters. The actress claimed that this decision breached her contract and resulted in her losing as much as $50M.

Well last night, it was revealed that both sides have come to an agreement on a settlement. Both Johansson and Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman announced the news in statements.

“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “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.”

Scarlett Johansson

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”

Disney Studios chairman Alan Bergman
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While the terms of the deal were not announced, Deadline did report that the actress will receive around $40M as compensation. The amount will reportedly be paid over time and not in a lump sum.

Overall Black Widow earned $378.8M at the worldwide box office. In Disney+ purchases, which Johansson was not originally entitled to, it earned over $125M.

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The news of a settlement is not surprising as this is usually the end result for most of these cases. Also, Disney clearly wanted to fix this because it made them look like they don’t treat talent fairly. When you own the rights to such franchises as the MCU and Star Wars, you want to hire the best talent. This will allow them to continue to do that.

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