Disney fires back at 'sad and distressing' Black Widow legal action from Scarlett Johansson

Disney has clapped back at Scarlett Johansson over her breach of contract lawsuit regarding Black Widow, claiming it has "no merit whatsoever".

Johansson's legal action alleged the company, which owns Marvel, didn't honour its deal with her by releasing the film on its streaming service Disney Plus on the same day it was launched in cinemas.

That drastically cut down on her earnings, the lawsuit claims.

Just hours after Johansson's was made public, Disney issued a fiery statement in reply.

"There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," the company said.

"Disney has fully complied with Ms Johansson’s contract and furthermore, the release of Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the US$20 million she has received to date."

Black Widow has so far made around US$320 million at the global box office since its release earlier this month.

Johansson's lawsuit was filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday (local time) and is asking for monetary and punitive damages in an amount to be proven at trial.