Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against Disney for releasing Black Widow on OTT rather than in theatres.

Scarlett Johansson has launched a lawsuit against Disney for releasing Black Widow in theatres and on Disney+ at the same time. Her contract, she said, had been broken.

Scarlett Johansson has been in the news recently for a variety of reasons. The actress is back in the spotlight after filing a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, the studio that produced her picture Black Widow. She claims Disney has broken her contract by simultaneously distributing the picture in theatres and on the OTT channel Disney+. So yet, the Marvel film has only been released in the United States and a few other countries.


The film Black Widow, which was released worldwide on July 9 except in India, has generated debate. Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has sued The Walt Disney Company for breaking her contract by distributing the picture in theatres and on Disney+.

According to Scarlett, her deal with Marvel Entertainment, which is controlled by Disney, included a promise that the picture would be released solely in theatres. The actress’s attorneys also claimed that the decision to release the picture only in theatres reduced ticket sales because her compensation was contingent on the film’s box office success.

As the movie theatre business recovered from Covid-19 closures and capacity limits, the Walt Disney Company announced in March that the Avengers spinoff will launch simultaneously on Disney+ and on the big screen.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on Scarlett Johansson suing Disney, saying that the actress filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Disney purposefully provoked Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without reason, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her contract with Marvel.”


The Walt Disney Company, according to Variety, has criticized Scarlett Johansson for bringing the case and ignoring “the catastrophic and extended worldwide impacts of the Covid-19 epidemic” that impacted the release of Black Widows.

“This action has no merit,” Disney stated in a statement, adding, “The complaint is particularly sad and upsetting in its callous disdain for the tragic and long-term worldwide impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.”


Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is a Russian spy-turned-Avenger, played by Scarlett Johansson. Since the release of Iron Man 2 in 2010, Natasha has been in a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.

Natasha Romanoff’s debut solo feature, Black Widow, sees her confront her dark history. She is being followed by a deadly enemy, and in order to fight it, she must rejoin with an unusual gang of spies from her time before becoming an Avenger. In the film, Florence Pugh portrays her sister Yelena.

Black Widow, directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, will be released in India on Disney+Hotstar. The release date, however, has yet to be announced.

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