Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney for the premiere of Black Widow continues to make headlines. After the lawyer for the House of Mickey Mouse described the legal actions of the actress as "an orchestrated public relations campaign", it is now known that the studio had no idea that the interpreter was going to sue them.
Always according to Variety, "Disney was not given the courtesy of a notice that a complaint was coming." This, that the decision by Johnasson caught the study off guard, could explain the reason for the company's response after hearing the news of the lawsuit. The aforementioned medium points out that Johansson's team was "horrified" by the reaction of the study revealing the actress's salary.
According to Johansson's lawsuit, Disney is profiting at the expense of her labor by releasing Black Widow in theaters and on Disney +. The actress only receives a bonus according to what was collected at the box office and not on the streaming platform. Her contract was not changed when the studio made the decision to have the film released in theaters and on Disney +.
The film accumulates more than 368 million dollars worldwide and grossed 60 million dollars in its first weekend on the streaming platform.
Disney's response to the complaint was as follows: "The lawsuit is especially saddened by its callous disregard for the horrific and lingering global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic." Organizations like Time's Up, ReFrame, and Women in Film criticized these words.
After hearing Johansson's lawsuit, it was rumored that Emma Stone and Emily Blunt could also carry out similar actions. Stone, for her part, recently struck a deal with Disney to return as the 101 Dalmatian villain in Cruella 2. The first installment about the character, Cruella, had the same simultaneous release as Black Widow. According to THR, Stone has managed to negotiate an eight-figure salary for this new project.
As for Blunt, it is unknown what will happen concerning Jungle Cruise, a film also with a simultaneous release. In early August, her co-star, Dwayne Johnson, said that Disney was meeting with him to discuss a sequel, so the interpreter could negotiate her salary for a second installment.