Marvel Film Star Salaries & What Comes Next

Much of a fuss was made years ago when actors like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth signed multi-movie contracts for relatively small salaries to be a part of the Marvel Studios films. These days no-one seems to be worried about it and THR has posted an article going into their payouts for ‘Endgame’ and potential future projects.

Actress Scarlett Johansson is about to begin filming the standalone “Black Widow” film in June and is reportedly earning a figure in the $20 million range for both starring and producing. Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans signed with Marvel for five movies and then renegotiated for ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’ which bumped both their salaries up to $15-20 million each. Hemsworth’s deal though reportedly also includes ‘the next phase of films’.

Robert Downey Jr. famously negotiated a unique financial arrangement with studio chief Kevin Feige back when he first signed on, resulting in massive paydays for the actor from $5 million a day for three days’ work on “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to at least $75 million for “Avengers: Infinity War”.

As the math has changed, the studio has raised the threshold for star bonuses which previously used to kick in at $500 million global and now is up to at least $1.5 billion for Avengers movies.

In terms of the Disney+ TV series, actors Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) negotiated deals that are separate from the movie contracts for what sources say will be six to eight episodes each.

Chadwick Boseman and Benedict Cumberbatch reportedly have one more option apiece so sequels to their solo movies seem highly likely at this point. The current “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars are all expected back for the third film which is reportedly targeting a shoot as early as 2020 with James Gunn back as director.