Black Widow actor Scarlett Johansson shook the world and made headlines when it was revealed by her legal team that she has filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company. We’re here with the latest Black Widow lawsuit update that’s currently going on between Disney and Scarlett Johansson.
While it was intriguing to know why this happened, it was also a scary thought to think Johansson was going up against such a big company. We’re also aware of how this probably would not be an easy battle.
Black Widow Lawsuit Update: Disney’s First Move
In the on going battle between the star and the company, Disney made the first move and pushed for a private arbitration between two parties. “The plain and expansive language of the arbitration agreement easily encompasses Periwinkle’s Complaint,” states a motion to compel arbitration.
Disney also stated that Black Widow was put on more than 9000 screens in the United States alone. The company alleged that it completed the statements of the contract with its obligation. Disney said that the film was screened on no less than 1500 screens.
In the statement, Disney also said that “Longstanding principles do not permit such gamesmanship,” when it comes to Johansson’s allegations of Disney’s “contract-interference theories”. The company also compared the Black Widow release to other Marvel films and said that it was very successful.
The opening weekend take alone was “more than that of many other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Thor: The Dark World; Ant-Man; Ant-Man and the Wasp; and Guardians of the Galaxy,” according to the parent company. According to the latest filing, Black Widow has grossed more than $367 million in worldwide box-office receipts and more than $125 million in streaming and download retail receipts.
Disney’s Previous Responses
Walt Disney Company also had a few things to say about Johansson’s lawsuit even before this motion for private arbitration. It has previously been said that the lawsuit filed was a “high orchestrated” one. Meanwhile, Johansson’s legal team largely blamed the company for the crash in Black Widow’s box office results.
The lawsuit claimed that the movie’s theatrical release was limited because Disney released the movie immediately on its streaming platform. The dramatically changed circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have also made things complicated for both parties.