GeekTyrant reports Marvel Studios is looking to get brothers Anthony and Joe Russo back for another superhero movie. This is hardly surprising since Russo Brothers helmed two enormously successful Marvel films – Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War – before directing two of the most successful superhero movies in history: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, the brothers seem to be reluctant about working with Marvel and Disney again.
The primary reason for their hesitation seems to be Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Marvel. According to her lawyers, Johansson’s contract for Black Widow guaranteed a “wide theatrical release” tied directly to her salary for the film. Instead, with Black Widow coming out in cinemas and on Disney Plus simultaneously, Johansson may have lost up to $50 million in bonuses. It seems the brothers want to prevent such a situation by stipulating an altered structure for determining bonuses. Thus far, Marvel is reluctant to meet it.
The outcome of Johansson’s case will set up an important precedent for the movie industry post-Covid-19. Essentially, we have one of the largest entertainment corporations in the world trying to keep its streaming profits for itself. If they can pull this off against one of the most bankable stars in the world, that won’t bode well for all those other, less powerful people working in the industry both in front and behind the cameras.