Scarlett Johansson is livid with Disney.
The 36-year-old starlet has spent nearly a decade in the Marvel Universe as crime fighting badass Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow. Her iconic character’s long-awaited solo film was released earlier this month — after multiple delays due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — in limited theaters and on the network’s streaming service, Disney+.
Johansson has filed suit against Disney, claiming the studio breached her contract by releasing Black Widow via its streaming service, therefore screwing her out of a lot of dough. The suit claims that a chunk of Johansson’s compensation was tied to a box office performance, and when the company limited its release, it limited the amount of bonus checks she could collect.
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The court docs allege she was made a “promise from Marvel that the release” of Black Widow would be a theatrical release and not available via video on demand (VOD). An insider close to the situation told WSJ that Johansson stands to lose around $50 million from Disney’s decision to air the film on the streaming service concurrently while in theaters.