Scarlett Johansson, Disney settle pay lawsuit over ‘Black Widow’

Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Co. have settled the lawsuit filed by the actresses alleging breach of contract in relation to the decision by media giants to release Black Widow to streaming subscribers on the same day that it was released to theaters.
Johansson stated Thursday that she was happy to have ended our differences with Disney. I am extremely proud of the collaboration we have done over the years, and have enjoyed a great creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our partnership in the years ahead.

Variety, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter reported the news almost simultaneously.

The financial details of the settlement have not been released.

Johansson sued Disney in July. She claimed that Disney had cheated her of money. Her salary for the Marvel movie was based on its box office performance. Disney+ subscribers paid an additional $30 to make the movie available immediately to them. This was due to the effects of pandemics on theaters.

The suit stated that Disney deliberately caused Marvels to breach the agreement without justification in order for Ms. Johansson not to realize the full benefits of her deal with Marvel. This suggested a bitter legal battle which could have had lasting effects on Hollywood.

Disney revealed at the time that Johansson had been paid $20 million to make the film.

The chairman of Disney Studios appeared to have put the dispute behind him and stated that the studio would continue to work closely with her. I am very happy that we were able to reach a mutual understanding with Scarlett Johansson about Black Widow. We are grateful for her contributions to Marvel Cinematic Universe. We look forward to working with her on many upcoming projects including Disneys Tower of Terror.

Black Widow earned approximately $184 million in North America box office and $125 million through Disney+. No additional charge will be charged to Disney+ subscribers Oct. 6.