Actress Scarlett Johansson spoke in an interview about the importance of knowing your own worth following her lawsuit against Disney over Black Widow. The case was settled earlier this year, with Johansson reportedly receiving a $40 million payout after the two sides back and forth. Johansson’s legal team reportedly seeks $100 million in total payouts for Black Widow.
“I think it’s important in general to know your own worth and stand up for yourself. I’ve been in this industry for so long, it’s been almost 30 years. So much has changed in those 30 years,” she told The Associated Press. “Sometime before, you might be like, ‘Oh my God, if I stand up for myself, I might never work again or I might get blacklisted somehow. Fortunately, that is changing with the times. And honestly, I think what happens in an industry as huge and universal as the entertainment industry is really important…”
Avengers co-director Joe Russo has commented on the lawsuit settlement, saying it’s good news overall because, in part, it highlights the “significant change” underway in the film industry. when it comes to talent compensation.
“I’m glad the lawsuit is resolved. I think it signals a significant change that is happening. The resolution says a lot about respecting artists as they move forward in this changing landscape,” he said.
While Johansson and Disney were at one point at odds, the two parties have apparently found common ground and are working together on a new movie again.
“Scarlett has lent her talent and star power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for over a decade. That she chose to play such a key role in it for so many years, I am immensely grateful to her,” said Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. “Work with [her] has truly been one of the most memorable and rewarding collaborations of my career.”