A few days ago, we mentioned on Presse-citron the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic on cinema, with an explosion of illegal downloads. In this little game, it is the Black Widow movie that took the first place to The Tomorrow War. The Marvel movie was released a few weeks ago in theaters, and despite very decent results, the movie has been plagued by piracy on the one hand, but also… by Disney+.

Scarlett Johansson sounds the charge against Disney

Indeed, Black Widow was released simultaneously in the United States in theaters and on Disney+. On the streaming platform, subscribers must pay $29.99 to watch the film starring Scarlett Johansson, a system that would have generated more than $60 million in a few days. Dollars that obviously fall directly into the pocket of the American giant, unlike the income generated in theaters … Which is not really the taste of the main protagonist of the film …

Indeed, Scarlett Johansson decided this Thursday to file a complaint against Disney, which she accuses of not having respected the terms of the contract concerning Black Widow. The contract stipulated in particular that the film was supposed to be screened only in theaters, the actress’ salary being partly based on the revenues generated by the film in theaters. By offering Black Widow also on Disney+, the American group would have broken the initial contract, depriving Scarlett Johansson of a few million dollars, about 50 million according to the Wall Street Journal.

Disney knew that Disney+’s cannibalization of box office receipts would allow Marvel, and by extension, Disney, to save “very large” sums of money that it would otherwise owe to Ms. Johansson,” the complaint reads.

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On Disney’s side, they believe they committed no wrongdoing regarding the launch of Black Widow, adding that the launch on Disney+ even allowed the actress to receive additional compensation, on top of the $20 million already received. “The lawsuit is particularly sad and distressing because of its lack of consideration for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Disney adds. To be continued.