Here’s An Update On The Marvel Stars’ Contracts
Avengers: Endgame is currently ruling the box office worldwide with its magic. Over the weekend, the Marvel movie opened to a record-breaking $350 million collection in North America and surpassed a massive $1.2 billion total on the worldwide front. Shattering all the records, Endgame is not stopping and may soon break records of Avatar.
Disney+ future plans…
The latest Marvel release has set up ambitious ways for Phase 4 for for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though we know, it isnt technically the end of Phase 3, but Spider-Man: Far From Home is. It’s becoming more and more clearer that theatre releases wont be the sole venue where the main storyline plays out. Marvel Studios has already taken steps ahead to reach out more people. They are preparing to launch some new MCU TV series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming platform.
The recently launched Disney+ will likely to showcase every genre of series that fans may like. These Disney+ series will be directly tied to the MCU movies. Now we’re learning more about just how closely tied to the films the Disney+ shows will be. As the writers of Avengers: Endgame are now confirming that the upcoming first slate of Disney+ MCU shows will deal directly with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame!
Marvel’s Asian-American led superhero flick Shang-Chi is expected to be the next Phase 4 film to go into production after The Eternals. Marvel could announce the actors at San Diego Comic-Con/D23 Expo.
Marvel stars contract with Disney+
Speaking about the future of MCU, the report states that returning actors like Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Renner have struck a separate deal with Marvel Studios for shows that have been planned for Disney+. The report also says that the emergence of streaming has significantly increased salaries, with actors demanding more from online projects that theatrical releases.
Scarlett Johansson, whose fate we know is seen in Avengers: Endgame, is still bound by a contract. She’ll be back for a standalone film about Black Widow in 2020, for a sum between 15 and 20 million dollars. That almost looks like a bargain, compared to the payslips of the other stars linked to the franchise.
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) signed a contract with Marvel for five films in 2010, which he renegotiated in 2017 for Infinity War and Endgame, for an amount between 15 and 20 million dollars per film. That means he’s likely to participate in the next phase of the MCU. Chris Evans received a similar salary, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be back.
The new phase of the MCU will include series about standalone characters, which will be screened on the new Disney+ streaming service. Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye/Ronin) have all negotiated agreements for six to eight episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The contracts don’t affect future appearances in upcoming feature films in the saga which have already been planned. The next few films will mostly focus on Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), who’ll each be getting a film based on their characters.
The Hollywood Reporter also reminds us that the salaries of the MCU stars have increased significantly over the years. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) earned at least 75 million dollars for Avengers: Infinity War alone and 5 million dollars per day for Spider-Man Homecoming.