Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled their legal dispute over the hybrid release of Black Widow just a few months are the suit made headlines.
Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled the lawsuit over the release of Black Widow on Disney+ and in theaters. Johansson filed suit earlier this year after Disney decided to release the film on its streamer the same day that it would be debuting in theaters. Johansson claimed a breach of contract in her suit that cost her upwards of $50 million in the loss of backend profits, profits that could’ve been made if Black Widow released exclusively in theaters. The announcement of the lawsuit set off a firestorm of controversy as Johansson and Disney’s representatives battled it out in the public eye.
Most of the industry sided with Johansson in her suit. Scarlet Witch actress Elizabeth Olsen voiced her support for Johansson and so did many others, including activist organizations who deemed Disney’s response to the lawsuit a misogynistic attack. Johansson’s lawsuit also seemed to indicate that the battle between streaming and theaters was finally heating up as the industry shifted more towards a streaming model that benefited studios more than it did talent.
Now, though, things have seemed to cool down. According to THR, Johansson and Disney have settled the lawsuit. Details about the settlement were not provided, but in the actress’ statement (via Variety), Johansson seemed eager to continue working with the studio. The actress currently has a Tower of Terror move in the works that will presumably move ahead now that this matter has been settled.