With Robert Downey Jr.'s pre-existing contract with Marvel now over, renegotiations are about to get underway with the cast members of "The Avengers 2" and Downey is said to have a lot of leverage.
Its been no secret that the famously stingy Marvel has not been happy with Downey's earlier deal which saw him take a big portion of worldwide grosses for the Marvel films in which he stars. Between "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" alone, Downey is expected to earn well over $100 million.
Marvel has famously recast, or threatened recasting, any actors who have challenge their contracts or pay. Some of Downey's "Avengers" co-stars for example received only $200,000 each for their work - as opposed to the several million they could earn in other projects.
With "The Avengers 2" though, Marvel and Disney might hit issues as several major cast member deals aren't locked down yet. In fact, Downey is allegedly using his influence to help his co-stars achieve better paydays. Their source says: "He's the only guy with real power in this situation, and balls of steel, too. He's already sent a message that he's not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit."
Several of the actors are reportedly not keen on cutting their rates (most notably Johansson and Hemsworth), but a lot will depend upon their already signed pre-existing deals.
At the same time, THR says that the Downey & Marvel negotiations are focusing entirely on a second and third "The Avengers" movie, and NOT a fourth "Iron Man" - so it's unclear if we'll see Downey appearing in another standalone Tony Stark story.