Rumours are flooding the internet that Scarlett Johansson has been banned from Disney after filing a lawsuit against them, but this isn’t actually true.

After Black Widow, there are no more planned cameos for Scarlett’s character Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that she has no more roles with Disney.

However, she has not been banned from working with the company.

Disney actually made the decision not to plan any more roles before Scarlett filed the lawsuit, and Vulture reports that this is partly what “emboldened” her to take legal action.

So, why is she suing Disney? Here’s the drama surrounding Black Widow explained.

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Scarlett Johansson files Disney lawsuit

At the end of July, it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson is suing Walt Disney.

The actress claims that Disney has breached their contract by releasing her new film Black Widow on Disney+ and in cinemas at the same time.

She said that Marvel Studios promised to roll out Black Widow as a “wide theatrical release”, and her pay for her role in the film was widely based on strong box office sales.

The lawsuit claims that Disney “lure[d] the Picture’s audience away from movie theatres and towards its owned streaming service,” in turn reducing her pay.

Disney+ members can pay a one-off fee of £19.99/$30 to stream the movie.

Disney responds to the lawsuit

Disney then responded to the lawsuit with a statement in which they attacked Scarlett and tried to shut down her claims.

They claimed that the double release “significantly enhanced [Scarlett’s] ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20m she has received to date”.

Disney openly revealed that the actress had been paid a whopping $20 million for her role as Natasha Romanoff.

Then, they said: “There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. It is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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Scarlett’s agent fires back

Scarlett’s agent Bryan Lourd, who is co-chair of the talent agency CAA, then slammed Disney for their response.

He accused Disney of “weaponising” Scarlett’s success by revealing her earnings and said:

“Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.”

“They have shamelessly and falsely accused Ms Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t,” he added.

At the time of writing this, Scarlett has not responded to Disney’s statement.

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