The Star of the Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, reflects on the latest controversy of the lawsuit over the release of her film on Disney +. The Black Widow was the first theatrical film from Marvel Studios to release following the start of the COVID-19 epidemic. To attract the reluctant audience’s attention to a crowded theater, Disney simultaneously released a film on Disney + behind the paywall, “Premier Access.” The performance of the Black Widow’s office was overwhelming, including Johansson herself, pointing to the unplanned Premier Access rollout as the offender.
Shortly afterward, Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney alleging that the company’s decision to release the Black Widow from Disney + violated the terms of her contract, which guaranteed that the film would be released only in theaters. By releasing a simultaneous release on Disney +, Johansson asserted that the studio was depriving her of the bonuses that would be dependent on Black Widow theater play. Disney responded to Johansson’s grievances unusually hostile, prompting many Hollywood organizations to take the actress’ side of the story. Johansson and Disney finally settled the matter after a few weeks of widely circulated correspondences, on the condition that they consider terms given Johansson’s involvement with the upcoming film Disney’s Tower of Terror.
The actress spoke about the Black Widow lawsuit fiasco in a recent interview with AP. She respects her decision to pursue the lawsuit as an act of courage, saying:
it’s important in general to know your own worth and stand up yourself.
Full thoughts of Johansson in the video can be checked out below:
Johansson discusses how the entertainment industry has evolved throughout her career. The actress recalls how speaking out about injustices was a risk early on, as it could cause the whistleblower to “never work again or be blacklisted in some way.”
However, thanks to the latest organized social movements like #MeToo, there is often greater security and accountability in the workplace for those who choose to speak. Conditions are still not perfect, but they are much better than they were 30 years ago.
That being said, considering Disney’s early responses to the Black Widow lawsuit, it is clear that the entertainment industry still has a ways to go in terms of accountability. Scarlett Johansson is a prominent actress who had just completed a decade in the world’s most lucrative blockbuster industry with the support of many fans and human rights organizations. However, she still had to fight tooth and nail to get the proper compensation. There are undoubtedly numerous similar cases throughout Hollywood that are not equally fair but do not produce the same publicity. Hopefully, one day soon, workers will not have to become millionaires to deserve the compensation.