It took only a month for Avengers: Endgame to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time. With a budget of $ 365 million, it has already earned billions at the box office, completing the first 22 films of a franchise that grossed $ 20 billion worldwide in 11 years.
These big bucks simply do not shape the pockets of film studios and executives. Thanks to the creative contract negotiations of an actor and some astronomical salaries, the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become extremely rich. However, the richest Marvel star might surprise you.
Robert Downey Jr. negotiated
As the original MCU star, Robert Downey Jr. received a $ 500,000 salary in 2008 for his first appearance as Tony Stark in Iron Man . With the growth of the Marvel universe in the next 21 films also grew Downey's salary.
But as the story of his character is in circulation
In the end, the 54-year-old actor decided to negotiate a unique business
Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who has finally made millions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Downey Jr. denied the massive guaranteed payday his co-stars had settled for Infinity War and Endgame, and instead negotiated a lower salary plus money at the backend. In simple terms, the actor received a percentage of the profits, and Infinity War (1945,9003) revenues in excess of $ 2 billion (1945,9004) resulted in a payday for Downey, which was probably $ 75 million – at least.
He should have done the same
Endgame So Downey's paycheck for his
The last Marvel movie is probably even bigger.
Downey not only took some clever financial steps in the last two films of Avengers but also took millions home for other films in the MCU. In 2017, Downey worked just three days on Spider-Man: Homecoming and reportedly earned $ 5 million a day.
Before his Endgame income, Downey Jr. was reportedly worth about
260 million dollars.
The remainder of the original six Avengers also made millions
After Downey launched the MCU with Iron Man the remaining six managed to solo the canvas films and appearances in the Avengers Films. Chris Evans had a salary of $ 1 million for Captain America: The First Avenger but by Endgame he had renegotiated his salary to $ 20 million, giving him a reported net worth of $ 50 Had millions of dollars.
The newly engaged Scarlett Johansson also earned a $ 20 million paycheck for Endgame and receives the same amount for Black Widow next year. Their estimated net worth is $ 140 million.
Chris Hemsworth earned $ 150,000 for
the first Thor movie in 2011 and
just eight years later his salary for Endgame
shot into the $ 15-20 million range through renegotiations,
and he has more Marvel movies in his future. His fortune is currently
about 90 million dollars.
Both Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) began earning $ 3 million for the first Avengers film in 2012, but for Endgame . Both have probably taken between 15 and 20 million dollars. For Ruffalo and Renner their net worth amounts to 30 million USD or 50 million USD.
The richest Marvel star is not the one
While the original six Avengers received massive paydays for
their latest movies and significantly increases their fortunes, there are others
Stars in the MCU who are experienced professionals with huge fortunes that got even bigger
thanks to their roles.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) has a fortune of $ 60 million, while Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins (Odin) has built a fortune of $ 160 million in his career. Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) has starred in several successful franchises, including Star Wars, The Hard, Terminator and virtually every Quentin Tarantino movie. This career choice has given Jackson a fortune of more than $ 220 million, but he does not take the top spot.
The richest Marvel star is Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), whose legendary career starred in Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Traffic . His career lasted five decades and resulted in a net worth of more than $ 300 million. However, with Downey's latest paycheck of Endgame he might have overtaken Douglas.