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

Stan Soocher

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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