5:26 pm - 05/09/2013

Joss Whedon refutes 'The Avengers 2' $100 million salary claims

Joss Whedon has refuted claims that he stands to earn as much as $100 million from writing and directing the Avengers sequel.

Reports emerged earlier this week claiming that Marvel and Disney were locked in tense negotiations with their Avengers stars over salaries for the upcoming sequels.

Whedon's earnings were pegged at $100 million when taking into account multi-picture deals, consulting work and TV work at ABC. However, the director took to fan site Whedonesque to correct the rumours.

"Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 million on Avengers 2," he wrote.

"I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts."

Whedon added that he felt speculation concerning the Avengers principal cast - Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson - was "a bit tawdry".

Last summer The Avengers earned more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time.

The Avengers 2 is currently scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

mess tbh
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myreceiptsbox 9th-May-2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
This is what Marvel gets for letting the whole world know they NEED Avengers sequels in order to make their movieverse come true.
affliction 9th-May-2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
actors and their salaries make me want to cry myself to sleep

Edited at 2013-05-09 10:30 pm (UTC)
kidrobot85 10th-May-2013 02:19 am (UTC)
this. I think I'll start now.
dramatik_irony 9th-May-2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
I love that RDJ is sticking up for the others because Marvel is being so cheap.

On the other hand, I guess Marvel is scared about hemorrhaging money like they did in the 90s and anticipating this bubble bursting like it did back then.
vanishingbee 9th-May-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
they only thing they need to worry about is script if they keep the same players-- if the script is bad, they're fucked no matter the actors.
manubibi 9th-May-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
mte, I'll gladly throw my money at them if they do things properly.
msbombtastic 9th-May-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
damn, and here I am struggling to find a part time job....

irises 9th-May-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
if they replace chris hemsworth i will cry for 90382732 years.

also i need thor 3 to happen. i feel like they just dont give a shit about thor omg
vanishingbee 9th-May-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they care about thor, his movie was more successful than captain america the first time around
fight4thislove 9th-May-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
By like 65 million which to Marvel isn't a lot. Captain sold more on DVD and Bluray too so they're about equal. It'll all depend with their sequels.

Edited at 2013-05-09 11:21 pm (UTC)
electric_blond 9th-May-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with what vanishingbee said, and yet I still get that feeling too, tbh.

I'm hoping that marvel will realize how important Thor and Chris Hemsworth are to the franchise.
barrelrolled 10th-May-2013 03:53 am (UTC)
it's because joss whedon can't write a character who isn't snarky/a barefoot kickass lady for shit. So Thor got screwed even though his bro was the villain, and Cap didn't get it much better (tho he at least got a good share of the screentime)

but Hemsworth mentioned starting talks about thor 3 the other week, so i'm not too worried. so long as he makes them money they'll stick by him.
irl83 9th-May-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Even tho this is related to salary as opposed to his talent, I love that Joss is getting media attention and I hope that his new projects will lead to more and more in the future. Love this guy. 
superdogbiter 9th-May-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
right now a year from this day we would be having a party post
pixiegerms 9th-May-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
see you there :DDDD
theblackwidow 10th-May-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
hipsteryash 9th-May-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Poor Chris Evans

icangoforthat 9th-May-2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
cordyceps 9th-May-2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
lbr tho, as much as I like Chris Evans he wasn't the primary draw to the majority going to see that movie & could so easily be recast.
poisoned_summer 9th-May-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
pretty sure all of them can be recast except rdj tbh
theblackwidow 10th-May-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
He was the main reason I saw it.
ladywilde80 10th-May-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
yeah no
vanishingbee 9th-May-2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
yeah that's why marvel is pissed, rdj got that from a backend deal and they feel like it was "their" money imo
walker_sarah 9th-May-2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
rdj made one of the most smartest business decision ever

fierysadness 9th-May-2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
myreceiptsbox 9th-May-2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
RDJ was smart. It's also a bit of luck due to the fact that Iron Man came out before all of these so Marvel was ready to negotiate, but good on him for taking his money's worth.
haymitch 9th-May-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
tbh rdj is the driving force of the avengers so i'm barely surprised
bforbribri 9th-May-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Everyone's saying RDJ is the main draw of Avengers but I seriously do not think so.
It's collectively all the heroes that appeared drew the audience in.

ps. I ain't complaining that they included Chris the most. Have y'all actually seen the movie?

Women and men collectively gasped at his glorious ass.
degele 10th-May-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
lol at jeremy getting the easiest paycheck ever. 12 min of screentime and 4 million bucks? sign me the fuck up.
agentnever 9th-May-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Even if Marvel is being stingy, it's kind of hard to feel sorry for these actors. I mean, really:

Chris Hemsworth has a current net worth of $12 million.
Chris Evans has a net worth of $10 million.
Scarlett Johansson has a net worth of $35 million.
Mark Ruffalo has a net worth of $10 million.
Jeremy Renner has a net worth of $9 million.

Boo fucking hoo.

Edited at 2013-05-09 10:40 pm (UTC)
bunica1990 9th-May-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
How much net worth does RDJ have?
foxylov3r 9th-May-2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
85 million lmao
myreceiptsbox 9th-May-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
wtf, how does Chris Hemsworth have more money than Chris Evans when Evans has been around for YEARS now?
cageyb 9th-May-2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Right? Miss me with this "boohoo my co-star *only* make a few million dollars per Avengers film" Like give them some of your millions then, RDJ.
ace_kay 9th-May-2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
What about Samuel L Jackson?
rabbitncavylove 10th-May-2013 04:28 am (UTC)
yeah but Marvel has made billions.. they should get their share (and so should the rest of the talent)
walker_sarah 9th-May-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
marvel has disney on their side so money shouldn't be a big problem for them

I mean "Marvel Cinematic Universe Becomes 3rd Highest Grossing Film Franchise Beating Star Wars"

Edited at 2013-05-09 10:37 pm (UTC)
fierysadness 9th-May-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
With all the new Star Wars movies coming out, I'm sure Star Wars will be back to #3 (maybe even #2)
walker_sarah 9th-May-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
marvel has tons of movies coming up too so it will be a nice race to watch
metyouwho 9th-May-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
I feel like Marvel will be number 1 at some point, possibly as soon as the end of phase 2. HP doesn't have anymore movies coming out and James Bond films are very hit or miss.
ace_kay 9th-May-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, and they're the newest series on the list too? Get it.
dubiously 9th-May-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of people think he's like the second coming or w/e but I don't think I've ever liked a single thing he's ever done.
mspopstar 9th-May-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
So much fucking money. What do they do with it tbh
evilfirepixie8 9th-May-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Seriously! All of Whedon's cancelations - Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse, Buffy jumping networks - and all the massive fan-driven campaigns - to keep the shows around, to get more seasons, to get Serenity a bigger box office... it's a bit strange to see a studio actually WANT his work.
canuckgirl33 10th-May-2013 02:33 am (UTC)
It wasn't a lack of talent that made these shows fail though
tusiaczek87 9th-May-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
juanitatequila 9th-May-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
natasha >>>>>>>>

she was robbed imo, jaslene was awful.
rupaul 9th-May-2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
metyouwho 9th-May-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
sihaya09 9th-May-2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Man, I miss the days when this show was good.
wauwy 9th-May-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
I really dislike Joss Whedon but he should be making that $100 mil if anyone should.
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