The actress was the star attendee at the 35th annual American Cinematheque tribute in her honour held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Thursday (18Nov21) night. And on the red carpet she discussed how she navigated filing a lawsuit against Disney, alleging breach of contract when the studio opted to simultaneously release "Black Widow" in movie theatres and on its streaming platform Disney+ in a move she claimed cost her millions.
"It was a very surreal time because, of course, the film had come out and was hugely successful and that was a big celebration," she explained to THR days after the suit had been settled. "I had a baby (son Cosmo) and that was obviously a life-changing, amazing, celebratory thing. In a way, that sort of buoyed me through the very uncertain, stressful time."
"I feel mostly very fortunate that nobody will have to go through what I went through and that it's made, I think, a positive impact in the industry and hopefully for artists and creatives' lives and livelihood."
And the mother of two explained that by fighting for a fairer share of the profits, amid a broader conversation about talent deals in the streaming age, she hoped her suit - the terms of which have not been disclosed - would have a lasting impact.
"It's an evolving time where there's this huge sea change happening, and as my daughter (Rose, 7) told me the other day, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs," she added.
Johansson, who has worked with Marvel for 11 years and on eight films, said in a statement following the announcement that the suit had been settled, she was looking forward to collaborating with them for "years to come."
Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who attended the Cinematheque event, alongside her "The Avengers" co-star Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, and Jamie Lee Curtis, teased from the stage that he and Johansson are partnered on "another non-Black Widow-related top-secret Marvel Studios project with her as a producer."