The intricate ramifications of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for its acronym in English) generated dozens of films and series that make up this common story of a universe protected by different superheroes among which Iron Man, Thor, Locki, Black Widow, Black Panther and the other members of Avengers they are the most memorable.
But before impersonating these superheroes, Marvel producers and actors’ agents sat down to negotiate contracts and salaries. At times, they garnered hefty numbers and shares in the film’s box office earnings for their constituencies; and in other cases they preferred to ask for less to participate in such ambitious projects. The stories and the numbers of what the actors of these films received are as varied as the Marvel universe itself, as revealed Los Angeles Times.
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Scarlett Johansson, for example, he charged $ 15 million for his role in Black Widow, the latest installment of the MCU, which was released in theaters and Disney +. This amount seems small when compared to what you earned from your participation in Avengers EndgameAlthough he received a similar salary of $ 15 million, the clause in his contract that assured him 5% of the film’s box office earned him a bonus of about $ 20 million, which was added to his pay.
One who charged much less at the time was Chris Hemsworth, an irreplaceable part of the MCU in his role as Thor. For the first installment of the Norse god saga, which premiered in 2011, Hemsworth charged just $ 15,000. This was because the MCU was still in development (for example, there was still a year to go before the release of the first film of Avengers) and the film did not have the powerful budgets that would come later. Already in the sequel to Thor, Ragnarok (2017), Hemsworth appreciated and collected 15 million dollars.
The young death from colon cancer of actor Chadwick Boseman, remembered in part for his role in the Marvel franchise, is still remembered. Black Panther. At the time of his death, the actor had a net worth of $ 12 million, formed in part by his pay on this film, with which he earned $ 2 million, according to the Celebrity Net Worth site.
Something similar received Mark Ruffalo for being the Hulk in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron. To compare it, the actor who took the most in that shoot was Robert Downey Jr., interpreter of Iron Man, who pocketed 40 million for his participation in the film. Later in Avengers Endgame, It seems that Ruffalo got mad like the green man and improved his contract: he took 8 million dollars.
Another who was revalued as Ruffalo and Hemsworth was Chris Evans, the American actor who played Captain America in the MCU during the first three films in which this character appeared. For his first installment, in 2011, he charged $ 300,000. But when it appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Y Avengers: Endgame, their numbers went up, reaching 15 million dollars.
Thus, it is seen how the salaries of the actors and actresses of the Marvel Universe experienced a growth similar to that of the franchise itself, which with its four installments of the saga Avengers it raised more than 7 billion dollars, according to the Statista site, forming a veritable money machine of which the performers take the part that, due to their fame or cunning, they manage to negotiate.