Disney CEO defends release strategy amidst Black Widow controversy


By Geoff Borgonia August 16, 2021

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has defended the same-day theatrical and Disney+ release strategy amidst the current Black Widow controversy.

Earlier in July 2021, Scarlett Johansson and her legal team filed a lawsuit against Marvel Studios’ parent company, Disney.

Disney’s top executive shared how this decision was also agreed to by his predecessor and Disney Chairman Bob Iger.

It was previously rumored that Cruella star and executive producer Emma Stone would also file a lawsuit similar to Johansson's.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson is reportedly happy with the release strategy Disney and the success of Jungle Cruise.

The current legal issues between Disney and Scarlett Johansson may have prompted the decision to adjust at least two upcoming film releases.

Free Guy’s release schedule was moved up to August 10 (previously August 31).

In response to CEO Bob Chapek's comment, Shang-Chi star Simu Liu took to social media to say: "We are not an experiment."

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