Scarlett Johansson Files Lawsuit Against Disney Over ‘Black Widow’ Release

In a dramatic turn with implications for major Hollywood studios, Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. on Thursday alleging that her contract was breached when Black Widow was released on Disney+.

Marvel’s Black Widow is among numerous event movies that have debuted simultaneously on streaming and in theaters because of the pandemic. Black Widow debuted earlier this month on screens around the globe and at Disney+ Premier Plus for an additional $30.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, states that Black Widow had been guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release when Johansson signed her deal.

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