Scarlett Johansson lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company over her payments for Black widow the film shook Hollywood in great style after it was announced. Not only did a ugly back and forth takes place between the acting camp and the house of the mouse but it has also apparently affected Marvel Studios’ ability to bring talent back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a report on The Wall Street Journal about the downfall of Johansson’s legal case, outlet claims that the uncertainty created by the lawsuit has made filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo think twice about returning to a new Marvel movie.
With four Marvel Studios movies under their belts (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame), the Russo brothers apparently left MCU after directing the biggest film ever in the feature film 2019. The couple has often spoken hypothetically about returning to projects, films as an adaptation of Secret wars and re-casting Wolverine in MCU have been their benchmarks for returning, but according to this report, they may not if their bottom line is threatened.
The Wall Street Journal wrote that since the lawsuit has been filed, the couple “hit a dead end in the negotiations to direct yet another Marvel movie” and that the disagreement between talent and the studio “left them unsure how their next movie would be distributed and how they would be paid. “Russo declined to comment on the initial report.
“I keep saying Secret wars because it was one of the first books I really fell in love with as a kid, ” Joe said in an interview back in 2019 with MTV about returning to Marvel. “This notion of, you know, event storytelling, and I think that’s part of the reason we’re so attracted to these event films and these ensemble films, is the notion that you can contain so many different characters and so many different points of view and galvanizing them around a historical point is really convincing to us. “
The pair have also pointed to characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four that were brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (now possible thanks to the acquisition of 20th Century Fox) as options that could be too fun to pass on if contacted. As we know, Marvel Studios has already employed Spider-Man: No way home director Jon Watts to manage their new Fantastic four movie, but no official plans for the X-Men have been confirmed (except one Deadpool 3 with Ryan Reynolds).
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