Scarlett Johansson has said time and time again that she is ready to leave Natasha Romanoff behind, but it appears she has some Black Widow business to wrap up first.
“Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel movie Black Widow, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Disney, alleging her contract was breached when the media giant released the film on its Disney+ streaming service at the same time as its theatrical debut,” Joe Flint and Erich Schwartzel of The Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday (July 29).
“Ms. Johansson said in the suit that her agreement with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release, and her salary was based in large part on the box-office performance of the film,” they continued.
The Hollywood Reporter relayed a subsequent statement from an unnamed Disney spokesperson later Thursday: “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.