Scarlett Johansson sues Disney, side effects of releasing 'Blackwidow' on OTT


Actress Scarlett Johansson, who has long been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as "Black Widow", has dragged Hollywood giant Disney to court over the release of her MCU debut solo film of the same name. . The lawsuit, filed by Johansson in a Los Angeles court, says Disney violated a contract with him by not releasing the film only in theaters. According to Johansson, a significant part of his fees for working in the film had to come from the earnings after the film's theaters, but Disney damaged this possibility by releasing the film on theaters as well as OTT. Is. Disney has described the lawsuit as tragic.

Actress Scarlett Johansson's character "Black Widow" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is eliminated in her previous film, "Avengers Endgame". However, producer Kevin Fiezy, who made films on Marvel comics, delighted Marvel fans by announcing a separate film on the "Black Widow" character. The film was completed early last year and all the preparations for its release in Los Angeles were also completed. Disney also had plans to have a grand world premiere of the film in China.

But after this, as soon as the outbreak of Corona spread, like all other films, its release was continuously postponed. After delaying all the dates, the film 'Black Widow' was released in theaters on the 9th of this month. Simultaneously, the film was released on Disney Plus OTT with a premium fee of $ 30. The film 'Black Widow' has set the record for the highest first weekend gross of films released in theaters since March last year. The film 'Black Widow', which could be released on only 4160 screens, earned $ 80.4 million on the first weekend. Earlier, 'Fast and Furious 9', which was released on June 25, got 4179 screens but its first-weekend gross was only $ 70 million.

Scarlett Johansson feels that if the film had been released only in cinemas all over the world, then its earning amount could have been much higher. The lawsuit said, "Disney knowingly violated the agreement with Marvel, and by doing so without any reasonable basis, it deprived Johansson of taking full advantage of the deal with Marvel over the film." This March, Disney announced the release of the film "Black Widow" in theaters and on OTT simultaneously. It was released in theaters opening with less capacity after the Corona transition period and also set a new record for the Corona period of box office earnings in the release weekend.

The lawsuit filed by Johansson specifically mentions Disney's benefits from releasing the film on OTT. With reference to the increase in the price of its shares in the stock market, the lawsuit said that by doing so, millions of Disney fans came from theaters to watch the film on OTT. It is worth noting that under a similar decision when Warner Bros. Studios decided to release their films directly on HBO Max, it had to pay a huge amount separately to all the actors of their films. If a similar decision is taken in the lawsuit filed by Johansson, then the film production companies may have to think afresh in this regard.

After the news of Johansson's lawsuit became public, Disney Studios reacted sharply to it. Disney studios, which usually take a very mild stance on such matters, have not taken Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit lightly. Disney said, "This is a very reckless insult to the long and dangerous impact of the Kovid 19 pandemic on the entire world. There is no basis for this case and it is very sad and painful.