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Avengers 2 actor salary negotiations Iron Man 3 is the biggest movie to hit theaters since The Avengers and already the talks about contracts is starting to hit the presses. Now is the time that everyone is focused on Robert Downey Jr.. Will he or won’t he continue in the mantle of Tony Stark? And who else is continuing their roles?

In an interview with Jon Stewart, when asked about staying with the role, Downey said he didn’t know. And I say he’s just posturing for the contract negotiations. But the contract dance is the dance.

Some sources question whether Downey wants to reprise the role of Tony Stark.

Though I dare suggest that’s not a sensible premise, considering the role is bringing him some of the biggest pay days he’s ever had.

Word is that Downey has the upper hand in renegotiation while some of his costars might not be in such strong positions. Scarlett Johannsen is paid for her appearances. Chris Evans made deals for a few movies when he landed the role in the sequel to Captain America. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson were apparently paid much smaller fees while looking for bigger upfront and back end fees with ongoing sequels. IE: In The Avengers, Downey got $50M, while some of the cast received only $200k.

But I worry about how Disney & Marvel may approach this process.

Marvel Seems To Have a Scary Contracts Personality

In a piece over on Deadline Hollywood, it’s said that Marvel is known for some tough business tactics, referred to as “scorched earth” practices. Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios president) is known for pushing how Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is redefining the movie business, and agents and such are indicating they’re tired of hearing that. (I can’t say Feige isn’t wrong though.)

Chris Hemsworth in Thor The Dark World

Allegedly Marvel has some strong arm tactics to get actors into cheaper contracts. But Hemsworth, threatened with being recast, said “go ahead.” Apparently he isn’t totally fond of the diet and exercise regime required to look like a god.

(Rumors suggest he was ready to pack it up and head home right before he landed the role of Thor)

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