Last week, Marvel star Scarlett Johansson sued Disney, claiming that by releasing her new movie Black Widow in each theaters and on Disney+ by way of the streaming service’s Premier Access operate, she misplaced out on as a lot as $50 million in field workplace profit-sharing funds. Disney was fast to fireplace again in an uncharacteristically private means:
There isn’t any benefit by any means to this submitting. The lawsuit is very unhappy and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and extended international results of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disney additionally talked about that Johansson had already been paid $20 million for Black Widow, I think about to attempt to get individuals pondering one thing lie, ‘Hasn’t she been paid sufficient already?’ Soon sufficient, Johansson’s camp fired again at that with a brand new assertion: “The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of,” it learn, calling Disney’s assertion a “direct attack on [Johansson’s] character.”
Times Up, ReFrame and Women In Film additionally issued a joint assertion condemning Disney for his or her phrases:
While we take no place on the enterprise points within the litigation between Scarlett Johansson and The Walt Disney Company, we stand firmly in opposition to Disney’s latest assertion which makes an attempt to characterize Johansson as insensitive or egocentric for defending her contractual enterprise rights. This gendered character assault has no place in a enterprise dispute and contributes to an surroundings during which girls and ladies are perceived as much less in a position than males to guard their very own pursuits with out going through advert hominem criticism.
In different phrases, it is a full cluster the likes of which Marvel hasn’t actually seen earlier than. You can solely think about how awkward issues are across the MCU workplaces proper now.
Marvel boss Kevin Fiege reportedly “angry and embarrassed” over Disney’s habits
And how does Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige really feel about all this? Feige has been credited with constructing the MCU into the unstoppable blockbuster franchise that it’s, partially as a result of he’s wonderful at discovering and retaining expertise like Johansson. He hasn’t weighed in formally but, however former The Hollywood Reporter editor Matt Belloni introduced us some whispers from his little birds in his business e-newsletter What I’m Hearing.
According to Belloni, Feige is “angry and embarrassed” over the way in which Disney has dealt with the state of affairs, saying that Feige was in opposition to the hybrid launch for Black Widow from the beginning. “When the shit hit the fan, the movie started tanking, and Johansson’s team threatened litigation, [Feige] wanted Disney to make this right with her,” Belloni writes.
So yeah, it is a mess, and we’re undecided what’s going to occur subsequent. We do know, nonetheless, that Gerard Butler simply sued Millennium Media for $10 million he claims is owed to him for his efficiency within the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen, and Belloni stories that Emma Stone is “weighing her options” over whether or not to sue Disney for releasing her film Cruella in each theaters and on Disney+. And Disney is reportedly reaching out to stars to do the renegotiations it didn’t do with Johansson.
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