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.