“Doctor Strange” star Benedict Cumberbatch recently weighed in on Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit against Disney in a recent interview. Scroll down for the actor’s statement on the controversy.
Benedict Cumberbatch is best known for his superhero film “Doctor Strange”. His iconic role has appeared in the last two Marvel films, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”.
The British actor appeared alongside Scarlett Johansson, who played Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff. Recently, Cumberbatch shared his candid thoughts on his co-star’s situation.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch shared that he had followed Johansson’s legal ordeal with Disney and expressed his sadness for both sides. He said:
“Just the verbiage and accusations of ‘Put it in the context of a global pandemic.’ It’s all just a bit of a mess.”
Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney in July 2020, citing a breach of contract after the company simultaneously released “Black Widow” on its own Disney + streaming service and in theaters.
The pandemic affected the theatrical release of ‘Black Widow’, and Johannson’s attorney John Berlinski reportedly claimed that Disney released the film directly on Disney + to boost subscriptions and share price amid the crisis sanitary.
Cumberbatch will star in the sequel alongside Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong.
In response to Johannson’s complaint, a Disney representative said the lawsuit was sad and painful. The company also added that it has fully honored the actress’ contract.
Despite being set to release a sequel to his 2016 film “Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch hasn’t condemned either side. However, he blamed the current climate for disruption in streaming services.
The “Sherlock Holmes” star explained that artists like him are trying to figure out the revenues of online streaming devices. He described streaming applications as “a new and very complex paradigm”.
Six years after the premiere of the first “Doctor Strange” film, Cumberbatch will return to the big screen in March 2022 for his second film titled “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”.
Sam Raimi will direct the second film after Scott Derrickson, the film’s original director, leaves the project. Cumberbatch will star in the sequel alongside Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong.
We don’t yet know what the plot of the new installment would look like, but the title itself makes a lot of sense. Besides his main film, the mystical character of Cumberbatch will also appear in “Spiderman: No Way Home”.
“Spiderman: No Way Home” is the third sequel to the superhero movie starring Tom Holland. Cumberbatch described Holland’s upcoming film as the most ambitious standalone superhero film ever to be made.