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How Disney’s Motion to Compel Arbitration of Scarlett Johansson’s Lawsuit Over ‘Day-and-Date’ Release of Black Widow Movie Might Have Played Out

Johansson alleges that, in order to generate new subscribers for Disney+, Disney intentionally interfered with her talent agreement with Disney affiliate Marvel Studios for her featured role in Black Widow — and thus allegedly induced Marvel to breach a promise in the Johansson/Marvel agreement for the film to be initially distributed in exclusive “wide theatrical release.” Updated Oct. 1 to reflect a confidential settlement reached in the case.

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Actress Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against The Walt Disney Co. over the simultaneous “day-and-date” release on July 9, 2021, of the motion picture Black Widow in movie theaters and on the Disney+ streaming service generated extensive media coverage when it was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Periwinkle Entertainment Inc. v. The Walt Disney Co., 21STCV27831.

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