THE AVENGER Cast Assembles Against Marvel In Demand Of More Money For The Sequel

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Robert Downey Jr. was paid a hearty $70-80M for his role as Iron Man in Marvel’s The Avengers, but the rest of the ensemble’s cast were paid far less. In response to this, and with a sequel well into development, many of the film’s cast members are demanding a higher pay for 2015’s The Avengers 2. Deadline has an incredibly in-depth story on the issue, but long story short: “Marvel and therefore owner Disney are going to run into big trouble on that sequel because the upfront pay, backend compensation, break-even points and box office bonuses aren’t pinned down yet for several big stars and castmates.” The cast of The Avengers other than Downey are demanding at least $5M upfront for the sequel, and they’re rallying behind Tony Stark. Additionally, Marvel had trouble getting Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans to commit to returning for Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (” hear Hemsworth especially wasn’t anxious to go back into that arduous diet and training regimen and subsist primarily on egg whites for Thor: Dark World which hits theaters November 8th. … After hard-fought bargaining, Chris Evans for Captain America 2 and Chris Hemsworth for Thor 2 wound up with deals still weighted on the back end but at least with attainable break-even numbers and small upfront guarantees and box office bonuses.”) Much more can be found at Deadline.   

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