Scarlett Johansson reportedly asked Disney for $100 million for Black Widow's hybrid release
By Ray Ampoloquio September 8, 2021
After premiering last June 29, 2021, Black Widow has gone on to make a total of $372.3 million in the global box office.
The film could still end up making more as it's still being shown in theaters in some parts of the world.
Not to mention, Black Widow will remain an exclusive to Disney+ Premiere Access.
This suggests that the reported figures of Black Widow could be much higher.
With so much money involved, you can't exactly blame Scarlett Johansson for wanting her fair share.
There are even reports that Johansson tried to negotiate with Disney before the film's hybrid release.
The legal team behind the former MCU superstar reportedly asked Disney for $100 million.
The eight-figure payday was reportedly based on how much Johansson "would receive in a hypothetical global box-office take of $1.2 billion."
The team claims that they based the sum on Marvel's previous theatrical releases before COVID-19 happened.
It doesn't take an expert to know that these talks never gained any traction. Otherwise, we wouldn't be here.
According to Disney though, Johansson ended up receiving even more money as a result of Black Widow's hybrid release.
According to the reports, the biggest problem with the contract negotiation was that it wasn't clear who should lead it.
Overall, Disney could have avoided this controversial lawsuit.
If it's any consolation, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings appears to have benefited from it.
The Simu Liu-led MCU film has been nothing short of a critical and commercial success so far.
The film is currently breaking box office records left and right despite still being scheduled to be in theaters for many more weeks to come.
Unfortunately, this entire fiasco might have cost Disney the services of the Russo brothers.
The directors of Avengers: Endgame are currently hesitant to strike a deal with Marvel.
There are reports that the Russo brothers don't like the uncertainty surrounding the film's distribution.
Overall, it appears that the fallout from Johansson's lawsuit is going to cost Disney a lot.
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