Robert Downey Jr Paid Way More Than Fellow Avengers, Is He Worth It?

By Mack Rawden 2012-05-15 23:55:26discussion comments
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In the midst of their battles, thereís no star of the Avengers. Thatís what makes the heroes such an effective team. Each brings a different set of skills to the table, and each is capable of doing things the others cannot. Behind the cameras however, there is clearly a star of The Avengers, and if you think differently, one look at their compensations will cause you to reconsider.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, once bonuses are factored in, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner will likely earn between two and three million. Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson should rake in five to six million, and Robert Downey Jr will swagger off to his bank with around fifty million dollars. In case you suck at math, that means Marvel values Iron Manís presence roughly twenty-five times more than Captain Americaís.

The reason for the payout discrepancy is partially due to timing and partially due to Downey Jrís proven track record. Following the incredible success of Iron Man, RDJ got his Tony Stark negotiating hat on and convinced Marvel to give him a percentage of revenue from all films in which he plays the character. When the studio branched out to sign other stars, they offered them set performance bonuses instead. The Avengers will clearly surpass all the benchmarks needed to hit those, but even a basic doubling of their salaries pales in comparison to any percentage Downey Jr might have. Plus, itís probable to assume the basic fee he gets for his services is higher too.

Iím more than willing to agree Downey Jr is the star and should be paid the most money, but Iím not quite sure heís worth so much more than his co-stars. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll belowÖ

Is RDJ The Only Avenger Deserving Of A Percentage Of Revenue?

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