Disney Changes Talent Deals Following Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow Lawsuit

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The growing disdain between Disney and Scarlett Johansson is something we totally didn't expect to happen especially considering the decade-long partnership between the two. As it stands, we don't have any updates regarding the actress' jaw-dropping lawsuit which accuses the company of breaching their agreement regarding Black Widow's release strategy but the two parties have gone back and forth over the last couple of weeks and it's safe to assume that the matter is far from over.

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For a time, the House of Mouse seemed unfazed by the issue and even went on a verbal war against the actress when the lawsuit was made public. Now, they're finally reacting to it by implementing major changes over at the company. According to CEU Bob Chapek himself, Disney is currently finding ways to alter talent contracts in light of the Black Widow controversy.

Appearing on the Communacopia Conference (via The Hollywood Reporter), Chapek revealed: "We've got a deal that's conceived under a certain set of conditions that actually results in a movie that's being released in a completely different set, so there's a bit of a reset that's going on right now, and ultimately we'll think about that as we do our future talent deals and plan for that and make sure that that's incorporated. But right now, we've got sort of this middle position where we're trying to do right by the talent. I think the talent's trying to do right by us, and we're just sort of figuring out our way to bridge the gap."

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I don't know about you but Disney's plan to restructure talent contracts could either be beneficial or horribly backfire just like the recent Scarlett Johansson controversy. I'm guessing they've already learned a pretty valuable lesson from the issue but I'm still hoping that they'll be able to settle their difference as soon as possible. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe embracing the multiverse, Scarlett could easily be one of the key players for the franchise's fourth phase but I guess it's far from becoming a reality now.



Black Widow is currently available on Blu-ray and digital.