Scarlett Johansson opens up about her readiness to work with Disney for their future projects in the event of the Black Widow lawsuit finally being resolved. Directed by Cate Shortland, and starring Florence Pugh as the second lead, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was initially set for its solo theatrical release.
But following Disney’s strategic parallel release of the movie on the streaming service for its Premier Members, news about Johansson filing a legal complaint against the House of Mouse travelled fast, as this step by Disney led to Johansson losing a lot of potential earnings. While Disney believed that the star’s solo MCU debut would fare well this way, Johansson’s concern was only natural.
It wasn’t any later that Marvel fans, as well as celebrities and people from the industry, passed their opinions on the subject. Even Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige publicly expressed his annoyance about the entire topic after Disney came out with some comments on the subject that were supposedly rude and disappointing.
Johansson received support from actors all over Hollywood, and these included some home team members. MCU cast member Elisabeth Olsen backed Johansson, along with Jaime Lee Curtis and many others. This brave action by the Black Widow actress motivated several other actors to speak up against the arguable method of a parallel release. For instance, Emma Stone’s widely acclaimed live-action movie Cruella also received a hybrid release of the same nature.
However, as luck would have it, the two participants involved found their neutral territory, and the matter got resolved. While the details of the bargain have not been released to the press, it is safe to say that the results are satisfying enough. In fact, there is news of a possible partnership between the two parties for a project that is currently under development.
Scarlett Johansson revealed in articulation with The Hollywood Reporter that she was glad that the lawsuit had been settled, and also said that she was thrilled and looking forward to collaborating with Disney if the opportunity ever came up in the future. To weigh in on the statement, Alan Bergman (Disney Studios chairman) kept in tune with the actress’ attitude and added that there was Disney’s movie Tower of Terror that was already being planned. Here is a small segment of their respective statements.
Johansson: “I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.”
Bergman: “I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow. We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror.”
With all the information about the lawsuit that was communicated with the public, it is apparent that Scarlett Johansson and Disney were more than eager to settle the matter as soon as possible and deliver confident and well-disposed news to their followers. However, fans are still curious as to how things would have gone down with their current projects had the lawsuit taken longer to resolve or had the situation aggravated. Because even though Alan Bergman seemed optimistic in his statement about Disney’s Tower of Terror, there are obviously a number of other projects that the parties are involved in. It is possible that the continuation of this disagreement would have threatened those plans.
Fans are still undeniably questioning Scarlett Johansson’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Previously, we have seen that in the Sacred Timeline, Natasha Romanoff dies. But with Marvel’s expansion of the multiverse, there is a possible elbow room to give one of MCU’s favorite characters an iconic comeback. Also, to add, Kevin Feige had once said that while Johnasson produced Black Widow, she also had a hand in making the movie successful by bringing in Cate Shortland to direct. So it can be said that the actress is not just a delight on the screen, but also a valuable asset for the team when it comes to making Marvel stand out.