Scarlett Johansson, in a scene from 'Black Widow' Jay Maidment / AP
Scarlett Johansson, star of the latest Marvel movie
filed a lawsuit this Thursday in the Los Angeles Supreme Court against Disney, alleging breach of contract.
The entertainment giant aired the film on its Disney + on-demand channel, while it was being screened in US theaters, where it has reaped 80 million dollars (the equivalent of 67 million euros) during its debut.
In foreign theaters, the film made $ 78 million.
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The actress maintains that the agreement signed with Marvel Entertainment, owned by Disney, guaranteed the exclusive premiere in theaters, on which, she alleges, depends on her remuneration.
"Disney intentionally induced Marvel to break the agreement, without justification," says the complaint, released by The Wall Street Journal.
Johansson's representatives defend that they tried to renegotiate the contract after noticing the premiere in theaters, but neither Disney nor Marvel responded.
Johansson has assured that
will be his last film produced by Marvel, with whom he has worked on eight other occasions, the first in
Iron Man 2
(2010). His presence in the universe of superheroes grew after that debut, which was followed by several roles as a member of the squad of the
, along with Captain America and the Hulk.
Disney first deployed a dual-release strategy during the pandemic, when movie theaters were limited.
Then some of his films could be seen simultaneously both on his Disney + channel and on the big screen.
A similar strategy has been followed so far this year by WarnerMedia, owner of the HBO Max platform, and NBCUniversal, which has an online relay service called Peacock.
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