Benedict Cumberbatch calls Scarlett Johansson's Disney lawsuit 'a bit of a mess' ahead of next Marvel debut
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Benedict Cumberbatch spoke out about his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney over the release of "Black Widow."
Like countless other films, the release of Marvel’s summertime feature film was waylaid by the coronavirus pandemic. After its delay, Disney announced that it would be releasing "Black Widow" both in theaters and on the Disney+ streaming platform for a premium price. However, this affected Johansson’s salary, which was largely contingent on box-office sales that were now diminished as people had the option to pay to stream her character's first solo outing from home. Now, she is locked in a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange in the superhero movies, called the situation a "bit of a mess."
"Just the verbiage and the accusations of, ‘Put it in a global pandemic context.’ The whole thing’s just a bit of a mess," he explained. However, he stopped short of condemning either party outright, despite being on the cusp of releasing a standalone sequel to his 2016 film "Doctor Strange."
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