The Avengers was awesome. I love that movie. I’ve seen it seven… eight times. Watching The Avengers, or the Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy — Christian Bale was the consummate Batman — cheer me up. That’s why, with a thousand and eighteen more important news stories that I could write about with this time, I’m choosing to invest my energy in reporting on the prospects of The Avengers II.
Are The Avengers In Peril?
Downey earned somewhere between $50 million and $80 million on “The Avengers,” and has already earned over $35 million for his work on “Iron Man 3,” but his “The Avengers” co-stars aren’t making anything close to that. In fact, most of the actors are being paid around $200,000, far less than they would earn on any other movie.
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth received only a $500,000 pay increase for returning for the “Captain America” and “Thor” sequels. And unlike Downey, the actors will earn only $500,000 more if their movies break the $500 million mark at the box office.
Marvel is known for low salaries and replacing any actor who doesn’t accept the company’s way of doing business. In fact, the studio has already threatened to replace Hemsworth. But Marvel doesn’t want to replace Downey at this point and it seems that the actor is using that leverage to fight for his co-stars by threatening not to return for “Iron Man 4” and possibly any other Marvel film unless they all get appropriate pay raises. [ worstpreviews.com ]
“In fact, most of the actors are being paid around $200,000, far less than they would earn on any other movie.”
While I think the pay should be more fair in respect to the actors – Downey should still make more, because he’s awesome, and no one else can play the role of Iron Man without destroying all prospects for the film being a mega blockbuster – my heart does not exactly bleed for those who get paid around $200,000.00 to be in an awesome movie and play kick ass characters. I would play Captain America for a ‘mere’ $100,000.00. Keep that in mind, Marvel. Of course I’d play any of the roles for that paycheck, I’m open minded.
I’ll be damned if we’re all robbed of getting The Avengers II because Marvel doesn’t come to the table. I might actually lose a little bit of sleep over it. I have just this to say to the actors and the studio involved, ‘get your asses in line, come to a mutually agreeable arrangement, and make an awesome movie, or may asteroids and chain lightening rent all that you hold dear.’