IGN – Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson says its important to ‘stand up for yourself’ after suing Disney over the release of Black Widow’s solo film.
During an interview with The Associated Press, the 37-year-old Black Widow star commented on her recent lawsuit against Disney.
“I think it’s important in general to know your own worth and stand up for yourself,” she said. “And I think in this industry, I’ve been working for such a long time, it’s been almost 30 years, and so I’ve seen – I think there’s so much that has shifted over those 30 years, and I think sometime before, maybe, you would feel, ‘Oh gosh, if I stand up for myself, I might never work again, or I might be blacklisted in some way’.”
Johansson sued Disney earlier this year for breach of contract after Black Widow, her long-awaited Avengers solo movie, was given a hybrid release – premiering both in cinemas and on Disney+ Premier Access. Her salary, which was largely based on box office returns from the films release, was said to have been affected.
She eventually settled with Disney after reportedly asking for $100 million in damages. However, this doesn’t seem to have affected their working relationship – the actress has since gone on to sign up for ‘top secret’ Marvel project that’s unrelated to her Black Widow character.
And any concerns about being blacklisted are over.
“Thankfully that’s changing in the zeitgeist,” she added. “And honestly I think that happening in an industry that’s as huge and universal as the entertainment industry, it’s really important to lead that charge.”
Additionally, Scarlett Johansson is still attached to Disney’s upcoming Tower of Terror movie, laying to rest any notions of bad blood between actress and studio.
Although Johansson’s Black Widow made a dramatic exit from the MCU during the events of Avengers: Endgame, it looks as though she’s far from done with both Disney and Marvel.