A legal battle between Walt Disney and Scarlett Johansson over the distribution of the Marvel superhero film Black Widow has been resolved.
Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney two months ago, alleging that it violated her contract by releasing the film on its Disney+ streaming service while it was still in theaters.
She claimed that the ruling robbed her of prospective profits.
The contract between Disney and Johansson is still being worked out.
In a statement, Alan Bergman, content head for Disney Studios, stated, “I’m extremely delighted that we were able to come to a consensual arrangement with Scarlett Johansson over ‘Black Widow.'”
He went on to say, “We value her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working with on a variety of forthcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror.'”
Johansson also expressed her delight at having settled her issues with the entertainment mogul and expressed her want to work with him again in the future.
Her statement added, “I’m extremely pleased of the work we’ve done together over the years and have truly loved my creative connection with the team.”
Johansson portrayed the Russian assassin-turned-Avenger superhero Black Widow in the film, and she has now appeared in nine Marvel flicks.
In July, she filed a case in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
It said that she was told that Black Widow will have a “theatrical release” by Marvel Studios, which is controlled by Disney.
She took this to indicate that a “window” of time would pass before it was streamed, which she stated had usually lasted 90 days.
Disney responded by saying it had “completely complied” with her contract and that her complaint had “no merit whatsoever.”
Black Widow, which opened in theaters and on Disney+ on July 9th, broke a box office record for a movie during the coronavirus epidemic in its first weekend, collecting $218 million (£161 million), although box office receipts dropped dramatically after that.
According to the film monitoring firm Box Office Mojo, it has already made more than $378 million worldwide.
According to Disney, the picture made about $60 million in its first 20 days of release from streaming transactions.
Several major Hollywood studios chose to circumvent theatres, which had been shuttered in many cases, and instead broadcast films online throughout the epidemic.
Now that most theaters have reopened, Disney and Warner Bros. have decided to continue with their dual release plan for their blockbuster pictures.
In 2018 and 2019, Johansson led Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid actresses, with pre-tax earnings believed to have surpassed $56 million in the year to June 2019.