Robert Downey Jr. took home $50 million for the first ‘Avengers‘. Putting aside the exceptions, even the A-listers aren’t getting that much these days.
Florence Pugh is reportedly going to receive an eight-figure salary for her next two Marvel films, including leading the ensemble villain-centric ‘Thunderbolts.’
The payment is mostly based on the experience of the actors or directors with a first-timer getting a mid-six-figure salary for the past decade for both the Marvel and DC universe films. That fee can jump to two to five times that for a sequel.
However, fees for television show adaptions of comic books are lower than those for films. One writer was offered just $300 per episode for ‘Hawkeye’ while another one is yet to receive a payment.
Michael Keaton, who played Batman in the 90s, received $2 million for ‘Batgirl‘, the $90 million film that was shelved. As one source put it, “If you want to get paid, you have to put on a cape.”