Dave Bautista became Scarlett Johansson’s first Marvel star to comment on her lawsuit against Disney, but his words divided fans.
On Thursday (July 29), Johansson announced his simultaneous release The Black Widow at Disney Plus as well as in theaters broke her contract and the “promise” that Marvel made before production.
The actor’s lawsuit states that her compensation for the film is “largely based” The Black Widow“The box office performance” and “pulled out a promise from Marvel that the release would be ‘theatrical.'”
He continues: “Disney was well aware of this promise, but nevertheless ordered Marvel to breach its obligations and instead release the picture in the Disney + streaming service on the same day it was released in theaters.”
In response to Johansson, Disney issued a statement telling Independent: “There is no merit in this submission. The lawsuit is particularly sad and frustrating with its stale disregard for the horrific and long-lasting global consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Disney has fully fulfilled Ms. Johansson’s contract and, in addition, the release The Black Widow at Disney + with Premier Access has greatly enhanced its ability to earn additional compensation in addition to the $ 20 million (£ 14.3 million) it has received to date. ”
Disney has been widely criticized for its response, and the talent agency Johansson has condemned the studio for disclosing her salary.
At the time of writing, other than Bautista, none of Marhal’s colleagues from Johansson had commented on the dispute.
After the news became known, the actor who plays Drax in the films “Guardians of the Galaxy” shared a link to the report on Twitter, writing: “Told them they were supposed to make a movie #Drax, but not -oooooo!”
His message, which seems to be joking, is that the studio could have avoided a lawsuit if they had decided to make a separate film about Drax instead of The Black Widow, divided fans, and many complain that he covers Johansson’s plight.
Others went on to defend the actor, arguing that he did not mean any harm from the message.
In this state, The Black Widow is one of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) lowest-grossing films to date with worldwide revenue of $ 319.5 million (£ 229 million). This is a figure that cinema owners attribute to simultaneous broadcasting.
It is expected that the film, which has long been an independent release of the character of Johansson, will be her last appearance in the MCU. It was originally scheduled to come out in May 2020, but was postponed until June 2021.