Disney Loses $600 Million After Fans Pirate Marvel Film

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Black Widow has been one of the MCU films that has been heavily featured in the media due to drama surrounding Scarlett Johansson and Disney.

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When Black Widow — the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 — was released in July Marvel fans had mixed reactions to the Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) film.

Johansson’s character died in Avengers: End Game; however, the stand-alone film showed Romanoff’s backstory and gave audiences an insight into how she became Black Widow.

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Johansson reportedly made sure that her contract had an exclusive theatrical release, which Disney then broke by having Premier Access on Disney+ also release the film on the same day as theaters. Since part of Johansson’s compensation was based on box office sales, the choice to have Premier Access release the film could have interfered with her profits. Since then, Johansson and Disney have squandered their beef.

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Now, just when it seemed Spider-Man: No Way Home was the talk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Black Widow has reentered the scene. It seems Deadline has reported that Black Widow ended up losing Disney $600 million this year alone due to over 20 million pirates of the film. It is uncertain on how the total was calculated however with Disney+ Premier Access cost being $30.00, it can be counted as an estimated $600 million in lost revenue from PVOD alone.

Culture Crave (@CultureCrave) noted:

#BlackWidow was reportedly pirated over 20M times last year, losing Disney ~$600M in revenue


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Considering how 2021 brought a lot of at-home movie-watching experiences due to the pandemic, it is not too shocking to have heard that there was a piracy issue with film releases.

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The official description of the movie reads:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down [Taskmaster and Dreykov (Ray Winstone)], Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” — the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.

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