Scarlett Johansson is on an even playing field.
The “Avengers: Infinity War” actress will earn $15 million for her starring role in the upcoming Black Widow solo movie, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
A Marvel spokesperson challenged that number, despite THR confirming them with multiple sources, in a statement to the publication. “Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms,” the spokesperson said.
If the figure is accurate, Johansson, 33, is now on par with what Chris Evans made in “Captain America: Civil War” and Chris Hemsworth nabbed in “Thor: Ragnarok”. By comparison, Johannson earned somewhere in the low seven figures for 2012’s “The Avengers”.
Marvel Studios has moved loads of money by signing actors to multiple movie deals using pay raises and box-office-based performance bonuses as incentive.
For example, Robert Downey Jr. made $500,000 for the first “Iron Man” movie but earned a whopping $50 million four years later in “The Avengers”.
The Black Widow standalone movie currently has no release date and is in pre-production.