Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle “Black Widow” legal dispute.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

Variety are reporting that Disney and Scarlett Johansson have settled their legal dispute over the release of “Black Widow”.

Johansson sued The Walt Disney Company two months ago, accusing them of breaching her contract with Marvel Studios when Disney offered the movie on the Disney+ streaming service while the Marvel superhero movie was still showing in cinemas.

Johansson’s management team said the decision meant that she was deprived of potential earnings of $50 million.

Details of the deal between Disney and Johansson have not been disclosed.

Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

TWDC revealed in a filing in August that “Black Widow” had grossed $125 million on streaming, in addition to its $367 million box office gross.

Johansson has said that she was pleased to have resolved her differences with Disney and looked forward to further collaboration.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team,” her statement said.

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow,” Alan Bergman, content chairman for Disney Studios, said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

Warner Bros., which released its entire 2021 film slate with the same hybrid model, paid out handsome sums to compensate its stars for lost revenue.

Could Disneyland Paris become the home for the Marvel Super Heroes?

Following the anoucement this week of Euro Disney S.C.A.’s new deal with the French Government, Philippe Gas, the chief executive of Euro Disney, said one idea for a third park is “a superheroes park”.  Which is not a great surprise  following the acquisition of Marvel by Disney – although the construction of a third park is a long-term vision.

Mr Gas said there is a possibility that a decision to build a third park could come as late as 2020, although it may come earlier if planned work on the Disney Studios park is completed.

Disney acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc.

Spider-Man and Iron Man have a new boss: The Walt Disney Co.

Disney announced this morning that it is buying Marvel Entertainment and more than 5,000 Marvel characters. They include X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor.
“This is a great fit for us,” Disney boss Bob Iger told CNBC this morning. He said the acquisition was a way to attract more boys. Disney said the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or about $4 billion.
Iger said the acquisition will grow both Disney and Marvel. Iger said Disney would not rebrand the Marvel characters as Disney ones. Iger told CNBC there are many opportunities to mine Marvel characters that are not well known.
“This puts us in an enviable position,” Iger said. Disney can decide whether to extend deals with third parties, such as Sony, when they come up. “We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said in a release.