Scarlett Johansson on Her ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit: ‘Know Your Worth’
After the release of Black Widow this summer, Scarlett Johansson ended up suing Disney for breach of contract due to the streaming the film on Disney+.
Disney originally shot back with claims that Johansson, 37, was pulling a “highly orchestrated” PR stunt, but the star ended up getting a lot of support from her peers in the industry, and ultimately the suit was settled at the end of September.
It seems all has been mended between Johansson and Disney, who still plan to work together on the upcoming Tower of Terror movie as well as a top-secret Marvel project. Recently, Johansson spoke with The Associated Press on the red carpet for the American Cinematheque tribute in her honor, and she was asked about the lawsuit.
“I think it’s important in general to know your own worth and stand up for yourself, and I think, you know, in this industry, I’ve been working for such a long time. It’s been almost 30 years and so I’ve seen … there’s so much that has shifted over those 30 years,” Johansson explained. She added that in the past she may have been worried about being “blacklisted,” but “thankfully that’s changing in the zeitgeist.”
"Know your worth and stand up for yourself." Scarlett Johansson speaks out at an @am_cinematheque event honoring her nearly two months after settling her lawsuit against Disney over her "Black Widow" pay. pic.twitter.com/d76WV0aesM— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) December 1, 2021
Johansson said at the event that she hopes the lawsuit will have a lasting impact on the industry. “I feel mostly very fortunate that nobody will have to go through what I went through and that it’s made, I think, a positive impact in the industry and hopefully for artists and creatives’ lives and livelihood.”
As for the news that Marvel is working on something new with Johansson, Kevin Feige recently shared that it’s a non-Black Widow project and Johansson is attached as a producer.
“Scarlett is one of the most talented, versatile and beloved actors of our time,” Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige said. “It has truly been a pleasure to work with someone of her caliber. From those epic training sessions preparing for the hallway fight in ‘Iron Man 2,’ to the around the world press tour in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to partnering with you as a producer on ‘Black Widow,’ working with you Scarlett has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding collaborations of my career.”