The Black Widow actress was confirmed to be initiating legal proceedings against the company last month, alleging that the simultaneous release of Black Widow on Disney+ and in cinemas violated her contract. She claimed that the move heavily impacted the ticket sales of the movie.
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However, Disney replied and alleged that “there is no merit whatsoever to this filing” and that they had “fully complied” with Johansson’s contract.
Speaking in a new interview alongside Ted Lasso‘s Jason Sudeikis, Olsen – who plays Scarlet Witch in the MCU – was asked about her fears over the movie release model amid COVID-19.
“I’m worried about a bunch of things,” she told Vanity Fair. “Not worried on Scarlett’s behalf. But I’m worried about small movies getting the opportunity to be seen in theatres. That was already a thing pre-COVID.”
She later added: “But when it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, that’s just, that’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not.”
Sudeikis went on to call Johansson a “bad-ass” over the lawsuit, Olsen adding: “I think she’s so tough and literally when I read that I was like, ‘good for you Scarlett.'”
The latest development in the lawsuit saw Disney file a further motion over the weekend to force Johansson into private arbitration. In response, her lawyer, John Berlinski, issued a statement claiming that the company was trying to hide its misconduct.
“After initially responding to this litigation with a misogynistic attack against Scarlett Johansson, Disney is now, predictably trying to hide its misconduct in a confidential arbitration,” he said.
Berlinski previously claimed that Disney was filing for arbitration “because it knows that Marvel’s promises to give Black Widow a typical theatrical release ‘like its other films’ had everything to do with guaranteeing that Disney wouldn’t cannibalise box office receipts in order to boost Disney Plus subscriptions”.
He added: “That is exactly what happened – and we look forward to presenting the overwhelming evidence that proves it.”