MCU Icon RDJ Confirmed ‘Marvel Got Bitten’ Over ‘Avengers’ Paycheck

There are few characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with such a large – or passionate – fanbase as Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.

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RDJ’s fan-favorite character launched the blockbuster superhero universe with Iron Man (2008) and went on to appear in a total of 11 MCU films – iron man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), iron man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

More than a decade later, Stark has gone from billionaire playboy to husband of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), trusted confidante of Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), mentor to Peter Parker/Spider-Man ( Tom Holland), the occasional adversary to Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and the fearless leader of his father’s legacy, Stark Industries.

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Stark also bravely sacrificed himself to save the world from Thanos (Josh Brolin) as Marvel’s Infinity Saga came to a close in End of Game.

Although RDJ has confirmed that he’s done with the MCU – even going so far as to unfollow all of his avengers costars on social media (probably a publicity stunt, but still…) – and Iron Man has already been recast with a new voice actor in Marvel’s Disney+ Original animated series What if…? (2021), fans still can’t get enough of the superhero actor.

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In a recently resurfaced interview, RDJ shared details about a split that existed between him and Marvel Studios over his first Avengers movie paycheck. The ensemble film, released in theaters in 2012, brought Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/ Captain America), and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) together for the first time.

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the sherlock holmes actor, who reportedly won $50 million for The Avengerswas asked about his payment for the hit Marvel movie and shared:

“Isn’t that crazy? They are [Marvel Studios] so f***ed. I can not believe it. I am what is called “a strategic cost”.

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Karen Gillan in "Avengers: Endgame".
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Downey, Jr. also opened up about the injuries he suffered while filming iron man 3 (2013), adding:

“It got me thinking about how big your cosmic sponsor’s message has to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I make? How many follow-ups of a successful follow-up are actually fun?”

It’s worth noting, of course, that the MCU icon has gone on to star in several more avengers franchise films despite his apparent frustration.

Avengers Infinity War Iron Man (left) and Doctor Strange (right)
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The aforementioned article noted that RDJ wasn’t the only actor to be frustrated with Marvel’s salary structure over the years:

While Downey got what he asked for — his salary would only go up with future MCU movies — the rest of the cast also talked about why they deserved a ride. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and Captain America star Chris Evans were unhappy with the paltry $500,000 raise they were offered for the second films in their respective franchises, and the Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson reportedly told her classmates that she would not reduce her citation. for Avengers 2.

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It should be noted that in the decade that has elapsed The Avengers released, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became one of the biggest box office hits of all time, with films like Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: No Homecoming (2021), and even Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) all taking top spots at the box office.

In fact, today MCU stars are some of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.

Safer The Avengers (2012)

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The official description for the first Avengers ensemble film reads:

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers” – the superhero team of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel superheroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, needs a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. . Circling the planet, a daring recruiting effort begins.

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