With the recent release of Avengers: Endgame, the Internet has been alive with articles explaining fan theories, explanations, and predictions for the future. Where is Phase 4 going to take our favorite Marvel movie stars? How could anything ever possibly be that large scale ever again? And how long until Marvel reboots the entire thing and casts Zac Efron as Drax?
But the one thing nobody seems to be talking is where all that sweet sweet movie money is going once it leaves our sweaty hands and goes to our superpowered friends. Who’s getting paid the most? And what does that amount of money mean to regular people?
Join us today, as we round up what the central Avengers heroes got paid, and what you could have bought with that money if only you’d looked like Chris Evens in spandex. Ready? Good – let’s go!
MASSIVE AVENGERS ENDGAME SPOILERS AHEAD
Robert Downey Jr. “Iron Man “. $500,000
It took a lot of magic for the first Iron Man movie to get its jet propulsion boots off the ground. And that magic came from world’s-most-charming-former-drug-addict, Robert Downey Jr (as well as America’s favorite sweaty uncle, Jon Favreau, but he’s not pretty enough to be on this list). He brought the character to life, from caves to time machines, and kicked off literally everything we’ve been watching for the last decade.
Which is why RDJ brought home home nearly half a million dollars his first time out the iron gates. And that number has continued to climb with every appearance he’s made since. At last report, he picked up an ice-cold $50 million for the first Avengers movie.
That’s enough to buy 2,380,952 tanks of gas for a 2014 Chevy Spark, eat 50,000,000 dollar menu burgers, or pay to have your high-school bully’s favorite restaurant burned down in a “freak accident”. Or maybe we can just pay to repair our broken hearts after Tony’s sacrifice.
Chris Evans. “Captain America: Civil War”. $15,000,000
Captain America is, by far, the lamest of all the Marvel movie stars but we love him, what Chris Evans sees when he checks his bank balance would make most of us wear a blue gimp suit for a living, too. Following a smaller paycheck for his role in “Captain America: The First Avenger“, Evans received a significant raise and hit the $15 million mark for his work on “Captain America: Civil War“.
For that neat little bit of pocket change, you could own the only copy of Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which sold for $2 million. Then, with the rest of that money, you could probably pay RZA to come over to your house and explain the album to you.
Scarlett Johansson. “Avengers: Infinity War”. $20,000,000
It was Scarlett Johansson’s debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2 that made fans buy into her role as the back flipping, espionaging, guns, tasers and alien weapon-shooting Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. Since then, she’s gone on to appear as the character in six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and looks set to star in the next solo female-lead movie after Captain Marvel, at some point.
For her role in Avengers: Infinity War, Johansson earned a reported $20 million. For that amount of money, you could literally buy your own private island (a few of them, if you shop around), get twenty Jaguar C-X75s, or buy the smile right off George Clooney’s face.
Right off his smug, handsome face.
Chris Hemsworth. “Thor: Ragnarok”. $15,000,000
Chris Hemsworth is Thor. It’s not just that he plays him – he has become the quipping, flexing, running, jumping God of Thunder and may never be replaced. And, despite what you might think about the first two movies, Thor as we know him really started in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok – for which our leading man took home a hefty $15,000,000 paycheck. This might be the first case of an actor playing a god who ended up becoming richer than a god in the process.
What does that get you? 42857 bicycles for Chris Hemsworth to ride around your living room like he owns the place, or five minutes with Thor’s mom, Frigga, so she can tell you you’re doing fine and she’s proud of you.
Mark Ruffalo. Hulk Appearances. $2,000,000 Per Outing
Mark Ruffalo is an interesting entry on this list, because he hasn’t yet had a solo movie of his own. And, to be honest, there don’t look to be any plans to ut one out. Instead, Ruffalo brings his magic to the Hulk character as a side character in other movies, or as a member of the Avengers ensemble.
The other interesting thing to consider is that Hulk is largely CGI. Ruffalo is actually on screen far less than his costars (until the most recent movie). With this in mind, he pulls in about $2-3 million worth of green. With enough saving, he could afford a copy of Action Comics #1, or just a really nice sports car and call it a day. Either way, we’d be proud of him.
Jeremy Renner. “The Avengers”. $2,000,000
Jeremy Renner plays Hawkey, the member of the Avengers with the silliest weapon but the biggest heart. Presumably because he isn’t a tent pole character, he tends to get paid less than his fellow Marvel movie stars. And that’s even with him being an Academy nominee and powerhouse actor in his own right.
For Avengers, he got paid between $2-and-3 million, before getting a massive boot to $6.1 million for Age of Ultron. In non-rich terms, that’s screen-accurate Storm Trooper armor for all your friends, and a few months’ rent in NYC.
Did you think our Marvel movie stars got paid enough for dominating our movie screens for the last decade? Who do you think deserved more? Sound off in the comments below.