President of Marvel Studios / Producer Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images Those big totals just line the pockets of movie studios and executives. Thanks to one of the actors' creative contracts, the astronomical salaries, the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become extremely wealthy. Marvel star just might surprise you
Robert Downey Jr. negotiated with
As the original MCU star, Robert Downey Jr. received a salary of $ 500,000 in 2008 for his first appearance as Tony Stark in
Iron Man . As the Marvel universe grew over the next 21 films, so did Downey's salary.
But, when his character's story arc
came to an end, the 54-year-old actor decided to negotiate a unique deal with
Marvel head Kevin Feige that ended up making him millions
The Hollywood Reporter Downey Jr. declined the massive guaranteed payday that his co-stars agreed to for Infinity War and Endgame, and instead negotiated a lower salary plus money on the back end. Simply put, the actor got a percentage of the profits, and more than $ 2 billion in box office receipts from Infinity War resulted in a payday for Downey that was probably around $ 75 million – at least.
He reportedly did the same thing too
Endgame so Downey's paycheck for his
final Marvel film is probably even larger.
Downey did not make some smart financial moves for the last two
Avengers but he also took home millions for appearing in other films in the MCU. In 2017, Downey worked on Spider-Man: Homecoming for just three days, and reportedly earned $ 5 million per day.
Endgame earning, Downey Jr. was reportedly worth approximately
$ 260 million
The rest of the original six Avengers also made millions
After Downey kicked off the MCU with
Iron Man the rest of the original six made their way to the big screen with solo movies 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, leaving him with a reported net worth of $ 50 million.
The newly-engaged Scarlett Johansson also earned a $ 20 million paycheck for
Endgame and is receiving the same amount for next year's Black Widow . Her 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
skyrocketed into the $ 15 million to $ 20 million range thanks to renegotiations,
and he still has more Marvel movies in his future. Currently, his net worth is
approximately $ 90 million
Both Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) started out with a $ 3 million salary for the first
Avengers movie back in 2012, but for Endgame They both likely pulled in between $ 15 million and $ 20 million. For Ruffalo and Renner, their net worth is $ 30 million and $ 50 million, respectively.
While the original six
Avengers received massive paydays for
their latest movies and significantly increased their net worth, there are other
stars in the MCU who are seasoned with huge fortunes that got even bigger
thanks to their roles.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) has a $ 60 million net worth, while Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins (Odin) has built a net worth of $ 160 million during his career. Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) has starred in multiple successful franchises, including
Star Wars, Die Hard, Terminator, and just about every Quentin Tarantino movie. These career choices have been built by Jackson Douglas, who is the star of Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym). Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Traffic . His career has spanned five decades, leading to a net worth of more than $ 300 million. However, with Downey's latest paycheck from Endgame, he just might have passed Douglas.