SHANG-CHI's Success May Have Given Scarlett Johansson Leverage In BLACK WIDOW Lawsuit
We recently learned that Disney and Scarlett Johansson agreed to settle their lawsuit, and it's now come to light that the success of Shang-Chi may have given the Black Widow star the leverage she needed.
Last week, we found out that Disney and Scarlett Johansson had come to a settlement agreement over the Black Widow star's breach of contract lawsuit, and there's a chance the success of another Marvel Studios movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, may have played a part.
Johansson claimed that Disney basically decided to sacrifice Black Widow's full box office potential by sending the Cate Shortland-directed MCU adventure to streaming and theaters simultaneously, and the fact that Shang-Chi - which skipped a Disney+ release for a theatrical-only run - performed so well may have given the actress the leverage she needed to force a settlement.
According to industry insider Matthew Belloni (via Puck News), “It didn’t help Disney’s overall cause that Shang-Chi, a ‘lesser’ Marvel title starring a largely unknown actor that was released over the usually dormant Labor Day weekend, has stormed past Black Widow at the box office. The difference? Shang-Chi was a theatrical exclusive, of course."
It's certainly a valid point. While Black Widow still did pretty well all things considered, the movie would almost certainly have grossed more and not suffered such a massive second-week drop if audiences were unable to stream it from home. The argument that a film featuring Natasha Romanoff should hypothetically perform better than the big-screen debut of a lesser-known character may also hold some weight, but MCU fans' excitement to get a glimpse into the future of this shared world (Black Widow was a prequel, after all) needs to be taken into account.
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