Scarlett Johansson's beef with Disney might not have ever happened if executives would have just listened to Dave Bautista, the actor joked.
On July 30, Dave shared a link about ScarJo's lawsuit over the release of her film "Black Widow." He then added, "Told em they should've made a #Drax movie but noooooo!"
Like ScarJo, Dave is a part of the Marvel Universe, as he plays Drax the Destroyer in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films. He's also been in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Endgame." While his tweet was certainly meant in jest, he has pleaded for a Drax-based film before.
In a previous chat with MTV UK, he said, "Even if it's not me portraying Drax, I just think it is an interesting story to tell."
ScarJo's issues with Disney are less about storyline and centered solely on money. On July 29, the actress filed a lawsuit against the Mouse House, alleges it breached her contract by releasing "Black Widow" on its streaming service, Disney+.
The film was actually simultaneously released in theaters and on the service.
According to her filing, Scarlett agreed that her salary for the film would be primarily based on the film's box office haul, and since it was available for streaming, it kept many people out of the theaters, thus affecting the box office numbers.
"To maximize these receipts, and thereby protect her financial interests, Ms. Johansson extracted a promise from Marvel that the release of the picture would be a 'theatrical release,'" the suit claimed. "As Ms. Johansson, Disney, Marvel, and most everyone else in Hollywood knows, a 'theatrical release' is a release that is exclusive to movie theatres. Disney was well aware of this promise, but nonetheless directed Marvel to violate its pledge and instead release the picture on the Disney+ streaming service the very same day it was released in movie theatres."
Scarlett alleges she tried to renegotiate her deal once Disney made the decision to stream the film but she heard nothing back.
Disney later fired back. "The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," Disney said in a statement. "Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson's contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received to date."
According to box office numbers, "Black Widow" grossed nearly $160 million at the domestic and overseas box offices. The film made $60 million from streaming on its first weekend.