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‘Avengers’ Cast Ready To Rumble With Stingy Marvel Over Sequel Money And Strong-Arming

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Robert Downey Jr is set for another huge payday from a mega-hit Marvel movie, this time Iron Man 3. I’ve learned he’s already made $35 million from the actioner which grossed $680 million worldwide in its first 12 days. He should exceed his biggest payday to date — that $50M from The Avengers which I’ve learned was more like $70M-$80M now that the film is all in. But it’s really Avengers 2 where he’ll clean up big-time — if he wants to reprise the role. He’s hinting to some media it may be time to retire Tony Stark. And saying to other outlets that Marvel better show him more money for Avengers 2. ”I don’t know,” he said on The Daily Show. ”I had a long contract with them and now we’re gonna renegotiate.” (“You are Iron Man! You are!” cheered Jon Stewart.) I’ve learned that 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. This is major hurdle which Walt Disney Co Chaiman/CEO Bob Iger hasn’t even mentioned to Wall Street or shareholders although he’s already been hyping Avengers 2 for more than a year now.

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Crazay1311d ago

I suspect they're going to be able to make it happen for the next one but that's it. They'll be either taking time away from these characters and relaunching them a few years later or just go the James Bond route and replace people as they become too expensive to keep around.

alycakes1311d ago

They need to just get real and give them a bigger paycheck because without them they wouldn't have made so much the first time around...what are they thinking?

Crazay1310d ago

How do you like paying $10+ to go to a movie. Here it's more like $13+ for a ticket to a movie. It's just going to drive prices up or make it too expensive to keep the franchise going.

DarkBlood1310d ago

well dont forget Ultraavx 3D which is ontop of ironman 3 3d by itself 3 different version of the film visual wise

alycakes1310d ago

Just go to the matinee and don't see the 3D or IMAX. If people would just stop spending money on such elaborate extras maybe they would stop charging so much.

Bobertt1310d ago

I pay $7.50 and 3D is anywhere from $9.50-$12.50. The price of a movie ticket is based more on the theater than the movie.

DarkBlood1310d ago

If i was one of the main cast you can bet my ass i wouldnt go trying to get the biggest check of all time.

grifter0241310d ago

Look what happened to the first actor that played "Roady," He wanted more money and got replaced.

Easy thing is them saying it's an Iron Man from a different time line since Marvel likes doing that sort of thing.

level 3601310d ago

It's Walt Disney, for sure they got a bazillion dollars stashed somewhere..

..that's chicken feed.