The Hollywood stars in “Avengers: Endgame” have probably earned enough to retire.
A new report has revealed the highest paid actor from the “Avengers” movies and it’s none other than Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. To quote MCU Direct, “a fitting payday for an on-screen billionaire?”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Downey Jr. apparently negotiated a unique financial arrangement with Marvel CEO Kevin Feige that results in the 54-year-old actor making some serious bank from his job as a superhero.
Instead of signing contract deals, the star reportedly gets a backend percentage of all “Avengers” films. That means he’s been making a truckload of money since the first 2012 team-up. With “Avengers: Infinity War” making over US$2 billion at the the global box office, sources claimed that Downey Jr. got at least US$75 million.
Given that “Endgame” is already breaking box office records left and right, Downey Jr.’s salary is expected to rank in around US$100 million for his performance. If you remember, the actor got US$5 million a day (for 3 day’s work) when he appeared in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
As for his “Avengers” co-stars, Scarlett Johannson – who has been involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise since 2010’s “Iron Man 2” – is set to star in her own “Black Widow” solo movie. Currently scheduled for a 2020 release, the 34-year-old actress is reportedly “earning a figure in the US$20 million range for both starring and producing” in the movie.
Chris Hemsworth, who took up Thor’s hammer in 2011, initially only signed on to star in 5 Marvel movies. For “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”, he renegotiated his contract that put him “in the US$15 million to US$20 million range”.
Likewise, Chris Evans, who also had a 5-picture deal with Marvel as Captain America, “renegotiated in the same US$15 million to US$20 million range” for the final 2 “Avengers” films.
As for the rest of the cast, bonuses and earnings have differed over the years. A few years ago, actors would get their bonuses when the superhero movie hits the US$500 million global mark. It later went up to US$700 million.
When it comes to “Avengers” movies though, the mark is reportedly set at US$1.5 billion. “Avengers: Endgame” already reached US$1 billion globally in just 5 days.