Scarlett Johansson is currently suing Disney for missed royalties on Black Widow, a move that shook the industry over the weekend and reportedly surprising one of the highest executives on the Disney food chain. According to a new report published on Monday, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger is “mortified” the Black Widow star sued Disney.
The report stems from TheWrap, which published a piece on Monday morning detailing an alleged growing rift between Iger and Bob Chapek, the executive that took over for Iger when he stepped away from the CEO’s office last spring. The piece details a tumultuous Disney executive suite, even going the length to include a statement from one Disney insider suggesting Iger may have intentionally let
“Chapek shot himself in the foot.”
TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman wrote.
“I talked with a half-dozen executives familiar with Disney and its culture,” “It seems that Iger either intentionally allowed Chapek to shoot himself in the foot with Johansson’s team by failing to step in and negotiate an alternative to a lawsuit, or that he is so disconnected from his successor that he was not in the loop to step in as he usually would.”
TheWrap was clear to point out Disney chief communications officer Zenia Much said none of the information was true.
Marvel head honcho, Kevin Feige, also weighed sharing his own frustration with Disney.
Feige is “angry and embarrassed” over the way Disney has handled the situation. Feige was against the hybrid release for Black Widow from the start. Johansson isn’t the only actress feeling dissed by Disney. Emma Stone, who’s highly anticipated “Cruella” also debuted as a hybrid release is mulling over suing Disney as well for lost revenue.