Disney CEO comes in defence of the Studio over ongoing lawsuit with Scarlett Johansson

The lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson and Disney Studio isn’t ending anytime soon. The Black Widow isn’t ready to give up in her fight as she aims to recover her losses.


September 22, 2021


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Scarlett Johansson has emerged as one of the biggest hits from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The Black Widow has earned appreciation from all the sections of society for her over-the-top role in her multiple appearances. However, Scarlett Johanssons’ standalone movie has proved to be the biggest hurdle of her career.

The defense comment

During Goldman Sachs’ 30th annual Communacopia Conference, the CEO of Disney Bob Chapek was asked about the ongoing lawsuit between his company and Scarlett Johansson. The CEO of one of Big Five major film studios, rather than avoiding decided to answer.

Chapek, in his answer, said that the films that have released during the pandemic were signed and released three-four years back and as a result had different terms. Chapek also highlighted how the world has changed due to the pandemic, and he wants the same changes to reflect in future talent deals.

The CEO was quick to highlight the history of Disney having cooperative talent deals while answering the question about Scarlett Johannson. Bob Chapek focused highly on accepting the changing consumer behaviour caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Concluding his comment, Bob Chapek mentioned that his company, as well as the stars, are trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between the deals that were signed before the pandemic and subsequent launches that will be taking place throughout the post-Covid world.

The lawsuit

Meanwhile, Disney has made its next move in the lawsuit filed by the Black Widow artist Scarlett Johansson. The movie studio is trying its best to turn the lawsuit into confidential arbitration, with an aim to push the actress on backfoot. However, Scarlett Johansson’s lawyer John Berlinski criticized the move just as he termed Disney’s behind-closed-door talks misogynistic in nature.

The lawsuit by Scarlett Johansson mentions how the release of her latest standalone Black Widow on Disney’s streaming platform could cause her $50 Million in losses.

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