Suara.com – For fans of the Marvel Universe, must have been waiting for the screening of the film ‘Black Widow’ starring Scarlett Johansson, right? Moreover, the character of Black Widow or Natasha Romanoff is indeed quite a favorite of many people. Not surprisingly, they are looking forward to a special film that discusses the background of Natasha, who was previously told to die to get the “soul stone” in the movie ‘Avengers: End Game’.
However, apparently, the screening of the film ‘Black Widow’ which was held since July 9, 2021 yesterday did not go smoothly as planned. Moreover, Scarlett Johansson is now involved in a fierce feud with the Walt Disney Company and the aftermath is to register a lawsuit in court. Here are some facts about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit to Disney:
1. Scarlett Johansson’s Disappointment
On Thursday, July 29, 2021, Scarlett Johansson officially registered her lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company, which has been overseeing the production of Marvel films on television and the big screen. Johansson alleged that Disney had violated their cooperation contract to his detriment.
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Under the contract Johansson signed with Marvel, the royalties Johansson will earn will be based on profits from ticket sales in theaters. To maximize profits, Scarlett Johansson emphasized that the film ‘Black Widow’ should be released exclusively in theaters of no less than 1,500 screens.
As the party responsible for showing the film, of course the Walt Disney Company was aware of the deal. But in fact, on the same day ‘Black Widow’ was released in theaters, the film was also shown on the Disney+ paid streaming platform with premiere access.
In fact, previous films will usually only be shown on the Disney Plus platform three months after premiering in theaters. This of course made Scarlett Johansson furious at the entertainment and media conglomerate and accused him of violating the contract.
2. Disney is considered to be looking for its own profit
As is known, Disney Plus charges an additional subscription fee of USD 30 or Rp. 432 thousand for anyone who wants to watch the movie ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus at the same time showing in theaters. With such a viewing system, Scarlett Johansson accused Disney of deliberately taking this step to direct moviegoers to switch to their streaming service, Disney+ Hotstar.
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The character who plays Nastaha Romanoff also criticized that Disney was acting on behalf of Covid-19 for its own benefit and infringing on the rights of the actors and actresses who made the film a success. The reason is, the more viewers who switch to the Disney Plus streaming service, the more benefits they can get and the less bonuses actors and actresses get through ticket sales. That’s why Scarlett Johansson is seeking compensation from the Walt Disney Company.
3. Disney’s Response
In response to these demands, the Walt Disney Company finally opened its voice. According to them, the fact that Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney sounded ridiculous because there was no way they could ignore the dire impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, several countries are currently implementing a lockdown system considering the severity of the spread of this new variant of the Covid-19 virus.
They also claim that Disney has not violated any contracts because the film is still showing in theaters. In addition, Scarlett Johansson actually benefited more because the Walt Disney Company had provided additional compensation of USD 20 million or equivalent to Rp. 288 billion to Scarlett Johansson for the rights to release ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus with Premier Access.
4. ‘Black Widow’ Movie Revenue
The superhero film ‘Black Widow’ is arguably a huge success. Even though it was released in the midst of a pandemic, this latest film produced by Marvel Studios managed to earn USD 80 million or around Rp. 1.1 trillion during the three days of its premiere. The nominal even beats the profits pocketed by the film ‘Fast & Furious (F9)’ so that the film, starring Scarlett Johansson, has managed to occupy the top box office rankings at this time.
Not to mention, this film also gets additional revenue thanks to its premiere on the Disney+ app with Premier Access, which is no less than the profit from cinema ticket sales. Watched by millions of international viewers, Disney Plus managed to collect a profit of USD 60 million or Rp. 869 billion for the film. In total, the global revenue of the film ‘Black Widow’ as a whole reached USD 218 million or around Rp. 3.16 trillion at the beginning of its release.
However, the audience’s enthusiasm for the latest superhero film produced by Marvel Studios dropped dramatically in the second weekend. Not without reason, the film, which is also screened through the Disney+ streaming service, turns out to be very vulnerable to being pirated. In fact, the film ‘Black Widow’ is now the most pirated film even though it has only been aired for 3 weeks.
That’s why the National Association of Theater Owners publicly rebuked Disney. Disney’s decision to show the film not only violated the rights of actors and actresses, it was destroying the worldwide film business.
Those are four facts about Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit to Disney. What do you think about Disney’s decision and Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit? By the way, watch the movie only in theaters and on the Disney+ Hotstar app only, okay!
Contributors: Wahyu Panca Handayani