Johansson alleges that the decision breaches her contract and deprives her of an estimated $50 million in earnings.
According to Variety, Disney responded that Johansson’s suit had “no merit”.
It added that the 36-year-old actress had already received $20 million for her contribution and that her income was “enhanced” by Black Widow’s release on Disney+.
Scathingly, the studio accused Johansson of showing “callous disregard” for the “horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The Guardian reports that Johansson’s salary was directly tied to Black Widow’s box office success.
Despite a strong opening week the film has become one of Marvel’s lowest earning to date. It has so far grossed $319 million globally.
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