The American actress, who played the role of Black Widow in nine Marvel films for a decade before returning her character after her solo outing in June, filed a suit against Disney for breach of contract .
It's reported the actress maintains that her contract stated she was entitled to the film being released in theaters only. However, Black Widow was released on the same day on Disney+ with Premiere Acess, prompting Johnasson to claim losses since her salary largely depended on the film's box office performance.
Cumberbatch has now added to the conversation voicing his opinion on this tricky matter in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter .
'It's sad what's going on between the lawyers,' said the actor.
'Just the verbiage and the accusations of, "Put it in a global pandemic context." The whole thing's just a bit of a mess.'
The Doctor Strange star went on to note that the industry is still attempting to figure out how to properly compensate artists for their work amid the pandemic, even a big player like Disney.
'It's a new paradigm, and it's a very complex one,' continued Cumberbatch.
'No one saw this coming, and no one should use hindsight to say, "Well, it should have been done."
'That was the first of these films that was going to get a cinematic release during the pandemic and got stalled and stalled and stalled. It's very new territory.'
Cumberbatch is not the first Marvel star to speak out on the matter.
Last month, fellow Avengers star Elizabeth Olsen praised Johannson saying: 'I think she's so tough and literally when I read that I was like, "Good for you Scarlett".'
Earlier in August, film producer Jason Blum said Johansson's lawsuit was 'a much bigger existential fight that she's really leading', adding: 'It's a very difficult thing to do, it's really brave to do and she's fighting for all of talent.'
Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has since defended the entertainment titan claiming Black Widow was 'the top-performing film at the domestic box office since the start of the pandemic', adding that he and Disney chairman, former CEO Bob Iger, agreed over the release strategy.
Chapek also insisted that future release strategies would be based on what Disney believes 'is in the best interest of the film and the best interest of our constituents'.
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