Scarlett Johansson will be returning to her role as Black Widow in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress and the studio reached a settlement over an agreement that would have allowed the actress to play the character on another platform.

Scarlett Johansson and Disney have reached a settlement over the rights to use Black Widow in future movies. The details of the settlement are not yet known, but it is speculated that Marvel will receive a larger share of the profits from future films.

Disney and Scarlett Johansson have reached an agreement on Black Widow.



The dispute between Scarlett Johansson and Disney over the simultaneous distribution of Black Widow in cinemas and on Disney+ has been settled. The primary issue was that putting the picture via the streaming service would result in a significant drop in global box office receipts. There were no parallels to be drawn to this strange new world since Black Widow was the first post-lockdown movie to reopen cinemas.

The settlement terms have not been made public and are likely to be subject to a nondisclosure agreement, as is usual in these kinds of cases. The original request from Johansson’s camp was for $50,000,000.

“I’m glad we were able to work out our issues with Disney,” Johansson said on Thursday. “I’m very pleased of the work we’ve done together over the years, and I’ve had a wonderful time working with the team creatively. I am looking forward to working with you in the future.”

“I’m extremely happy that we were able to come to a consensual arrangement with Scarlett Johansson about Black Widow,” said Alan Bergman, head of Disney Studios Content. We value her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to collaborating on a variety of future projects with her, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”


What began as a very public spat, with Johansson’s side alleging personal sabotage to hurt her business, ended with Disney retorting that she had earned a $20 million incentive owing to the A-“callous lister’s disregard for the terrible and long-term worldwide consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.”

Despite the fact that Disney had requested arbitration from the beginning, the settlement option was always the most probable outcome. With an initial opening weekend of $80 million domestically, $78 million internationally, and $60 million on Disney+, it stands only a hair ahead of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, another MCU 2021 release. Black Widow has grossed $378,776,765 globally, compared to $366,465,944 for Shang-Chi, which has had a considerably shorter run (Black Widow: July 9th, Shang Chi: September 3rd). In the end, the films are expected to rank 20th and 21st in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of box office performance.

Emily Blunt and Emma Stone, who were reported to be seeking compensation for similar circumstances involving Jungle Cruise and Cruella, should take note of this outcome. Most likely, both will get undisclosed payments to prevent them from pursuing legal action.

In the end, this is a win for all sides. Disney avoids further negative press by not having to reveal how much money they paid one of the industry’s top female stars, and Scarlett Johansson avoids burning a bridge with the world’s most powerful media corporation. The viewer is the only one who loses out; this implies that the MCU and other mediocre Disney productions will continue for the foreseeable future.

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