Scarlett Johannson Asked for $100 Million Settlement from Disney Before Filing the ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit. As more details are added to the dispute between Scarlett Johansson and Disney it’s becoming clear why the Avengers star felt the need to bring the House of Mouse to court in order to work out the dispute.
We had previously reported on Johannson having reached out to Disney on several occasions throughout the global pandemic to reach a contract renegotiation and/or settlement regarding the release of the film to which Scar Jo’s legal team shared that any attempts to work out a new deal with the company were ignored or did not receive a response until they were served with the lawsuit.
The news of Scarlett Johannson seeking $100 Million may sound ridiculously high when compared to the film’s current earnings. At the time of writing, Black Widow has earned $372 Million globally and if you add streaming revenue into the mix the movie has earned over $500 Million to date. Though the request for $100M seems inflated or unreasonable we have to remember that Black Widow was projected to cross the $1 Billion mark if it had been released exclusively in theaters as contracted. It is completely understandable that no one could have predicted the outcome of the simultaneous release in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access would have on the movie’s performance at the box office, yet Scarlett had expressed concerns over the film’s revenue which is why she had bid for a theater only release in her contract. The move to release Black Widow via Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters has cost Johannson millions of dollars, and she has the right to fight for her earnings.
As of late, Disney is working to compel arbitration in the case, forcing an agreement to be made behind closed doors and to keep the conversation out of the public eye while also being moved to New York State. Scarlett Johannson has expressed she is disinterested in working on a private agreement with Disney, especially if she already gave them the chance to do so, and the Avengers star still plans to bring the suit to the courts in California. This is a developing story, so be sure to check back here at Chip and Company for updates and all things Marvel!
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