The Widow Strikes

Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson is being released to Disney+

Regan Byrnes, Staff Writer

Disney has ‘red in their ledger’ with Scarlett Johansson and her lawsuit against them regarding her starring movie, Black Widow.

Black Widow was released to all movie theatres around the world on Jul. 9, 2021, but was also released to Disney+ by premier access, which Johansson publicly revealed was not a part of her contract. Johansson then filed a lawsuit against Disney due to this non-disclosed information, though after months of Disney negotiating with Johansson, they found a compromise. 

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

It was only Oct.1, 2021, when the lawsuit was settled and a statement was released to the public that Black Widow would be released to Disney+ on Oct. 6, 2021. After the lawsuit had been settled, Johansson was relieved to be at peace with Disney again and continue to have a good relationship with them.

“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team,” Johansson said. “I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come.” 

From this statement, fans started to theorize that there possibly will be a Black Widow 2 featuring Johansson’s co-star, Florence Pugh. Fans hope to have Pugh be the next Black Widow, though nothing has been confirmed by Disney, Johansson or Pugh on this subject due to the many Marvel projects that are in the works right now.