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    How Much Was Robert Downey Jr. Paid For ‘Iron Man’ And Other Marvel Appearances?

    Heads rolled when Robert Downey Jr.‘s name was suggested for ‘Iron Man.‘ The actor came off a long history of substance abuse and wasn’t a reliable bet for Hollywood studios. But Downey nailed his audition, thus handing MCU the map to create a billion-dollar franchise with ‘Iron Man’ in 2008.

    Robert Downey Jr. as ‘Iron Man’ set the template for MCU’s future. However, he didn’t make much money in the first movie. Given how much he would make from his MCU projects, mentioning his modest salary from the first ‘Iron Man‘ movie directed by John Favreau seems redundant.

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    Robert Downey Jr.’s Salary For The First ‘Iron Man’ Movie

    Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Iron Man’

    Directed by Jon Favreau, ‘Iron Man’ starred Robert Downey Jr. as the billionaire industrialist Tony Stark. After evading capture from a terrorist group, Tony Stark builds a mechanized suit of armor and becomes the superhero Iron Man. The film also stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leslie Bibb.

    For the first ‘Iron Man,’ Robert Downey Jr. accepted the low ball offer of $500,000. However, he reportedly took eight percent of of back-end profits. His total earnings from The worldwide collection for ‘Iron Man’ turned out to be $585 million. He made a salary of $2.5 million, an amount that went up in the MCU appearances to come.

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    How Much Did Robert Downey Jr. Make From Other MCU Films?

    Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Avengers: Endgame’

    The success of ‘Iron Man 2’ saw him taking a cheque of $10 million and another cut of back-end profits. He made a total bank of $12 million. The third ‘Iron Man’ saw him walking away with a $10 million payday. He continued playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in different Marvel movies. 

    The first ‘Avengers’ movie earned him a salary of $10 million, while the sequel ‘Age Of Ultron’ landed him $40 million. He made $50 million for ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and $10 million for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ For ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ he respectively made $50 million and $75 million. 

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    Shaurya Thakur is a Content Writer at First Curiosity, who, in his personal time, is writing the greatest "overcoming post-academic slump existential crises" story. His current obsessions are John Cassavetes and Jack Kerouac; musically, he belongs to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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