While we always knew the cast of Avengers: Endgame aren’t exactly short of cash, we now know what the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth earned last year. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe being the world’s highest-grossing franchise, it’s no surprise its biggest stars have been locked in with some supersized bank balances.
Heading back to Avengers: Endgame, the MCU’s 22nd entry was an ensemble for the ages as the OG Avengers reunited to try and topple Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Although relative newcomers like War Machine, Ant-Man, and Rocket Raccoon all had a part to play, most of the movie’s giant runtime focussed on Iron Man (RDJ), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
It’s a good job that Endgame netted an eye-watering $2.7 billion at the box office because some of the star’s paycheques were almost as big at Giant Ant-Man. Forbes has given us a rundown of Hollywood’s Top 100 earners in the entertainment business. The site reveals how six Endgame stars managed to earn $340 million in 2018.
Although he only makes it to No. 24 on the list, Chris Hemsworth was the highest-earning Avenger in 2018. Not all of his salary came from Endgame, but he still took home $76.4 million last year.
Up next, Downey Jr. bagged $66m, Bradley Cooper $57m, and ScarJo earned $56m. Taking the rest of the spots, Chris Evans took home $43.5m and Paul Rudd got $41m.
Entertainment lawyer David Chidekel of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae said, “Celebrities such as Downey and Johansson currently have extreme leverage to demand enormous compensation packages from studios investing hundreds of millions of dollars in making tent-pole films, such asThe Avengers series.”
If anyone is questioning why huge MCU stars like Brie Larson and Tom Holland don’t make the list, it’s important to remember their status as relative newcomers to the franchise. All of the above have been part of the MCU for a good while now, whereas Holland only joined in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and Larson in last year’s Captain Marvel.
It’s standard MCU practice to secure stars with a starting sum of six figures for a multi-movie arc. Both Holland and Larson have bright futures ahead of them and are expected to become cornerstones of the upcoming Avengers roster revamp.
Even if Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson are seemingly done with the MCU (after Black Widow for ScarJo), I don’t think they’ll be too disappointed with their Avengers hauls from last year.
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