The Russo Brothers were in talks for another MCU movie but have since stalled –
As the pandemic persists around the world, the entertainment industry has changed dramatically. Especially the way we receive films. Streaming services like Disney +, Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, and Paramount + have hosted some of the biggest movies of the past year.
The Walt Disney Company saw several projects from different studios making the movie streaming such as The one and only Ivan, Forward, Artemis Fowl, Soul, Luca, with titles such as Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon, Cruella, Black Widow, and Jungle cruise, hit the streamer with Premier Access. Unfortunately, as nice as it was for the fans, it wasn’t all good news for the people behind the scenes.
Talks about Pixar employees who weren’t happy about their recent movies streaming for free on the streamer and not on the big screen, hurt their feelings. The biggest and most notable drama has been the Scarlett Johansson / Disney trial. For years, studios have paid stars a base salary. But the biggest names would often negotiate a share of the box office receipts or a reduction in licensing fees, which, for blockbuster films, could fetch eight-figure payouts. Disney released simultaneously Black Widow in theaters and on its Disney + streaming channel in July. The company was supposed to collect most of the $ 30 users paid to watch the movie at home, compared to around 60% of movie tickets sold. The more home viewers there are, the less Johansson collects, his team feared.
Legal action has been initiated by Johansson’s team. In his complaint, Johansson claims that Disney broke the contract when the studio made the decision to release. Black Widow on Disney +, the same day the Marvel movie hit theaters. The actress earns bonuses when the film hits certain box office milestones and she accuses Disney of not having the film exclusively in theaters because it “saw the opportunity to promote its flagship subscription service.” Disney then requested that the lawsuit over Johansson’s salary be transferred to arbitration, a procedure in which a dispute is referred, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. By choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.
The outcome of the legal battle could help set new compensation benchmarks for digital releases, according to current and former Disney employees, as well as executives who do business with the studio. More recently, Cruel star Emma Stone was also debating a lawsuit, but Disney offered an 8-figure salary to return for the sequel. Unfortunately, some talents are still worried, and according to the the Wall Street newspaper, the Russo Brothers, who just gave Disney two consecutive $ 2 billion blockbusters in Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game, are among the worried. According to their recent report, the duo were in talks to make a new movie for Marvel Studios, but talks have since stalled in light of the Johansson trial.
Since the trial, brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the highest-grossing film of all time, have found themselves at a stalemate in negotiations to direct another Marvel film. The Johansson dispute left them unsure of how their next film would be distributed and how they would be paid..
It is not known at this time what the Russo Brothers were in talks to lead. Secret wars was a project that the directors expressed interest in adapting in the future. However, it seems far too early to jump in that direction, as Phase 4 has only just begun. Maybe it was for the rumored X-Men project, Mutants. Time will tell, and I’m sure Feige won’t let his most notable talent fade away, so for now, we’re just waiting to see how it spills over.