While Marvel has long been known for their frugal ways, one of the main exceptions has always been actor Robert Downey Jr., who helped put the studio on the map with the Iron Man franchise. Earlier today, Forbes released their annual list of the wealthiest celebrities, with Robert Downey Jr. landing in eighth place overall as the highest-paid actor on the list with a whopping $80 million, which came from just two movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War (which is currently shooting). Here's the Forbes excerpt on Robert Downey Jr. for the annual list.
"Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.'s earnings continue to skyrocket thanks to his roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, for which he is commanding a reported $40 million. This year, Downey made more than any other actor and recorded his highest ever annual payday. A large portion of his $80 million paycheck comes from the backend of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed $1.4 billion at the box office. Though Marvel has been accused of penny pinching when it comes to paying its stars, Downey has leveraged his Iron Man role into a bulletproof position in which the Disney-owned studio must give him a favorable deal on any movie the character appears in."
After Captain America: Civil War, the actor will most certainly appear in at least one movie in Marvel's two-part adventure, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, but his future with the studio is uncertain after that. Are you surprised that the actor made $80 million from just two superhero movies? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.