Disney+ Day Announcements Include News About Boba Fett and Shang-Chi…and the Black Widow Lawsuit

Catch Shang-Chi At Home

Disney has announced a new lineup of content for 12 November 2021, a celebration of all things Disney that the company has named Disney+ Day. Fans of the House That Walt Built can anticipate a Boba Fett special in advance of upcoming series The Book of Boba Fett, as well as a special concerning the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) writes Tripwire contributing writer Carol Pinchefsky…

In addition, fans who didn’t want to brave the cinemas for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings during the COVID-19 pandemic will get their chance to see it on Disney+ Day.

Fans who are in the Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruise Lines will be treated to “photo opportunities, character moments, and more,” according to Disney. Unfortunately, this is light on detail, as fans already have plentiful photo ops and character interactions in the parks. It’s unclear how Disney will be amping up its current offerings for Disney+ Day. Of course, this only increases fanticipation.

What the Disney press release did NOT mention, but Deadline did (h/t CBR.com): Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke about the pending lawsuit brought by Scarlett Johannson, the star of Disney’s film Black Widow.

First, some background: Black Widow hit theaters on July 9, 2021, but because of the pandemic, Disney chose to release the film simultaneously on Disney+. This means the box office take was softer than it might have been–Black Widow pulled in $377.9 million worldwide–with only a traditional release. Johannsen’s lawsuit states that by releasing the film on Disney+, the Walt Disney Company cut down on any box office bonus the actor could have earned.

According to Deadline, Chapek said,

“[W]e’re trying to do right by the talent, I think the talent is trying to do right by us, and we’re just figuring out our way to bridge the gap. Ultimately we believe our talent is our most important asset, and we’ll continue to believe that, and as we always have, we’ll compensate them fairly per the terms of the contract that they agreed to us with.”

Note the words “compensate them fairly per the terms of the contract.” Despite our respect for what Disney has done creatively, Chapek is being disingenuous about its finances. As Johannson’s agent Bryan Lourd (father of Billie, ex-partner of Carrie Fisher) said on 30 July 2021, “This suit was filed as a result of Disney’s decision to knowingly violate Scarlett’s contract. They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation.”

Currently, California-based theme park Disneyland is being sued by its own employees over low pay. In addition, Disney only paid authors of tie-ins of its intellectual properties after public pressure; for example, Alan Dean Foster, author of the first Star Wars tie-in novel Splinter of the Mind’s Eye was only compensated after a public campaign by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Association. Many tie-in writers still have not been paid for their work.

Disney’s most recent release, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has been limited to theaters only. There is no news if Disney held a traditional release to prevent another lawsuit like Johansson’s.

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