Scarlett Johansson recently starred in the highly anticipated Black Widow film, marking her last time playing Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff, a role she first started in 2010. Due to the pandemic, the film has been released in both theaters and on Disney + Premier Access. This has led to a lawsuit between Disney and Johansson which claims the company broke its contract by putting the film online. Disney retaliated by claiming Johansson was doing a “highly orchestrated” publicity stunt, but the star received a lot of support from her industry peers. In fact, Johansson’s Marvel co-star Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff) was recently asked about the lawsuit during a Vanity Show interview with Ted lasso starring, Jason Sudekis.
“I think she’s so hard and literally when I read [about the lawsuit] I was like, ‘Good for you Scarlett,’ “Olsen shared.” As far as the actors and their income, I mean, it’s just… it’s just all the contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not. Sudekis agreed with Olsen, adding that the decision “is suitably badass and brand-consistent” for Johansson.
Olsen also expressed concern that she “is concerned that small films have the opportunity to be seen in theaters.” She explained, “I like going to the movies and I don’t necessarily want to see just an Oscar nominee or a blockbuster. I would like to see art films and arthouse theater… And so I worries me about that, and people have to keep these theaters alive. And I don’t know how it works financially for these theaters. “
Olsen backing Johansson seems like a bold move given the actor’s days with Disney are far from over. Olsen was most recently seen in Disney + WandaVision, which earned her an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series”. She also recently completed production on the Doctor strange following, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. During a virtual Q&A with the New York Film Academy, Olsen spoke about the upcoming Marvel movie and revealed what it was like to go from WandaVision To Doctor Strange 2.
“[Director] Sam Raimi is lovely and I learned a lot from him. It was strange to go from WandaVision and bring that character into a different movie that felt more based on the Marvel movies. I felt like I was putting on old shoes, ”Olsen explained.
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