Why Scarlett Johanssons $15 million Black Widow salary is higher than Robert Downey Jrs

Why Scarlett Johansson\s $15 million Black Widow salary is higher than Robert Downey Jr\s

Avengers 4 toy packaging reveals new matching team costumes for Earths Mightiest Heroes

Scarlett Johansson, who has appeared in six movies as Black Widow, is finally landing a $15 million payday for an upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

That salary is what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each earned for playing Captain America and Thor, respectively, in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Evans and Hemsworth also nabbed that same $15 million payday for Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively, as well as the upcoming fourth Avengers film.

But wait, we’ve got more Quantum Realm news for you courtesy of CBR, which sat down with Ant-Man and the Wasp director Payton Reed to talk about the film now that the digital release of the film is out. He confirmed what some of us already suspected, that the Quantum Realm is the home of other beings, including potentially dangerous ones. After all, Janet had to survive in there for quite a while and she did have a weapon when Scott found her. The digital release features a deleted scene that shows one of those creatures:

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Marvel typically doesn't open up its wallet for first outings — Robert Downey Jr. included, as he took home only $500,000 for the first Iron Man. Johansson pulled down a low-seven figure salary for the first Avengers movie in 2012 (compared to Downey's $50 million) after making her debut in 2010's Iron Man 2. Still, Chadwick Boseman nabbed a seven-figure paycheck to star in Black Panther ($2 million, according to sources, which well tops Downey's first showing). Boseman's salary is expected to go up significantly for a Black Panther sequel. And Brie Larson, whose Oscar win for 2015's Room figures into her deals, will be paid some $5 million for next year's Captain Marvel movie (Larson landed a generous payday but in exchange signed a seven-picture deal that locks her into multiple franchises.)

Although the numbers would be astronomical, even debilitating, for most studios, they make sense when factoring in the appeal of Marvel movies, now 10 years into their cinematic universe. While talent deals add to more than $100 million of Infinity War's budget, it helps business affairs executives sleep easier knowing each Avengers movie easily crosses the $1 billion worldwide mark, with Infinity War grossing an astounding $2 billion. And Marvel typically allows its actors to share in the upside of a film, including bonuses of up to several million dollars based on the film's performance.

Remember that Doctor Strange has a lot of Quantum Realm lines in Avengers 4. And that Marvel made a point to tell the audience that you might encounter time vortexes in the Realm — that’s what Janet Van Dyne said in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Finally, we have other set photos that reveal some scenes will take place during the battle of New York, where two versions of Tony Stark will be seen.

Multiple knowledgable sources confirmed Johansson's Black Widow pay figure to THR. A Marvel spokesperson, in response to this story, said in a statement: "Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms."

What the retail package art also reveals is that Captain Marvel either doesn’t need a special suit to travel to the Quantum Realm, or she won’t go there. We do know, however, that Brie Larson shot scenes with Evangeline Lilly and Pom Klementieff for Avengers 4. That’s evidence that the Wasp and Mantis will appear in the film, even both characters died after Thanos’s snap.

Ultimately, it appears that Evans, who announced that Avengers 4 will be his last film as Captain America, is leaving while the going is good.

We’ve known for quite a while that many of the superheroes who turned to dust in Infinity War will be brought back to life somehow. We’ve also known that time traveling may be involved, as the pieces seem to be lining up perfectly for the story to follow that line. Now we have new evidence that appears to support the time travel theory we’ve seen dozens of times.

Marvel Studios is yet to launch the marketing campaign for Avengers 4, but we are starting to get a few leaks of early promotional artwork; a couple of months ago we got the above team shot, and now some toy packaging has surfaced which seems to indicate that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be getting some matching team outfits in the Infinity War follow-up.

Posted on Reddit, the following retail package for Avengers-branded toys shows two Avengers, including Thor wielding his new hammer and Rocket Raccoon dressed in a particular type of outfit that we’ve never seen before. In the bottom right corner of the package we also have Captain Marvel and Captain America, but only the latter features similar attire.

As you can see below, both Thor and Rocket Raccoon are decked out in the same grey and black suit – as is Captain America in the lower right corner (although Captain Marvel isn’t). Check them out here…

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