Actors of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Scarlett Johansson and others have already engaged in a pay dispute with Marvel Studios.
Scarlett Johansson are engaged in a breach of contract dispute over the release of Black Widow. She claimed Disney broke its promise to only release the film theatrically by simultaneously making it available on Disney+. Although Scarlett has filed a lawsuit, this isn’t the first time the actor has taken a stand on his pay for his Marvel role.
In 2013, while filming Avengers: Age of Ultron,
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and other actors from the Avengers franchise were shocked to demand higher pay for their roles in the film. A 2013 Deadline article quoted numerous industry insiders stating that many cast members threatened to leave unless their contracts were renegotiated.
The report, released shortly after Marvel’s release of Iron Man 3 and the announcement of Avengers: Age of Ultron, said the cast had attempted to renegotiate after being paid a “pitt” for their first appearances. The report quotes an insider saying, “Some only got $200,000 for Avengers and Downey got paid $50 million. What planet is this on?” This led to some bad blood. “Marvel has already created so much animosity by weaponizing hard and bullying sequels. It’s counterproductive,” another insider said. .
Journalist Nikke Finke said she heard “Marvel has threatened to sue or recast before when contracts and/or options are disputed. This led to a few cast members giving their green signal. She also said that Hemsworth wasn’t too eager to come back for more Thor movies, especially after a not-so-pleasant experience working on Thor 2. “I also understand that
Scarlett Johansson told her castmates that she ‘wouldn’t cut her quote’ for the movie,” Finke wrote.
Robert Downey Jr. defended his colleagues. “I learned that the Avengers cast is uniting behind
Robert Downey Jr. who is considered the “leader” – like “a big brother” in the words of one representative – for all the young actors in the ensemble. An insider also noted, “He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. and b-lls of steel, too. He’s already texted that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat co-workers like crap.
However, this time around Scarlett’s co-stars haven’t publicly commented on her lawsuit against Disney. The actor reportedly suffered losses of $50 million (approximately ₹371 crore), as his payment was tied to the box office collection, due to the simultaneous digital release. “Disney intentionally induced Marvel to terminate the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from fully benefiting from her bargain with Marvel,” the lawsuit said.
Disney’s rep said they “fully honored” her contract and that the digital release of Black Widow “significantly improved her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 million she’s received to date. “.