Benedict Cumberbatch has commented on Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney over compensation for her film Black Widow, calling it "a bit of a mess." Johansson claimed that the hybrid theatrical and streaming release breached her contract, resulting in lost revenue. Disney responded by stating that she had already earned $20 million from the film and that the release on Disney Plus enhanced her ability to earn more. Cumberbatch expressed sadness about the situation and emphasized the need to understand how artist compensation works in the streaming era. Other co-stars and industry figures have praised Johansson for her bravery in taking legal action.