“Black Widow” Lawsuit Filed, Disney Responds

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Disney’s decision to release Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” on Disney+ via Premier Access simultaneously with its theatrical release has sparked a legal battle with the film’s star Scarlett Johansson.

The Wall Street Journal says in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, attorneys for Johansson allege that Johansson’s contract was breached when the studio opted not to debut the film exclusively in cinemas.

They claim that decision depressed ticket sales. As much of Johansson’s compensation was tied to the box office performance of the film, if it hit certain benchmarks then bonuses would kick in – bonuses said to be in the neighborhood of around $50 million.

The suit says: “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from

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