Marvel Studios Clash With THE AVENGERS 2 Stars Over Money; Cast Threatening To Quit?

It sounds like Marvel Studios may run into trouble on The Avengers 2 due to the fact that the cast of the superhero ensemble are demanding more money. According to the report, Chris Hemsworth very nearly decided not to return for Thor: The Dark World! Read on for details.

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By Josh Wilding - 5/7/2013

It's already made $700 million at the worldwide box office, and now Deadline reveals that Robert Downey Jr. has already made over $35 million from Iron Man 3 with his eventual payday set to rise even higher than that. Remember those reports about him taking a whopping $50 million for The Avengers? Well, the site believes that it was actually more along the lines of $70 million - $80 million. However, that's by no means the most interesting part of their piece entitled, "Robert Downey Jr And 'Avengers' Cast Ready To Rumble With Stingy Marvel Over Sequel Money And Strong-Arming". According to Nikki Finke, she has learned, "that Marvel and therefore owner Disney are going to run into big trouble on that sequel because the upfront pay, backend compensation, break even points and box office bonuses aren’t pinned down yet for several big stars and castmates. This is major hurdle which Walt Disney Company Chaiman/CEO Bob Iger hasn’t even mentioned to Wall Street or shareholders although he’s already hyping Avengers 2 like crazy for more than a year now."

While many of the actors are signed for multi-picture deals, they are all said to be, "counting on at least $5 million upfront and better back ends for Avengers 2." Will Marvel replace them if they attempt to strongarm them for more money? Interestingly, the site reveals that The Avengers was only nominated for one Oscar, "because Marvel refused to pay for an awards season campaign for the picture. And even when Disney offered to foot the bill, Marvel still wouldn’t budge." However, rather than turning on Downey Jr., the cast of the superhero ensemble are said to be, "united behind Robert Downey Jr who is seen as the "leader" – like "a big brother" in the words of one rep - for all the younger actors in the ensemble. "He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. and balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit."

The report is very in-depth and it's mentioned that both Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth clashed with Marvel Studios over their returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. "Calling it the "weirdest experience", one rep still can't believe Marvel offered "only a $500,000 raise and then would pay another $500,000 when the movie hits $500M. Are they out of their minds?" When it was pointed out to Marvel that Hemsworth already had received $5M for his starring role in Snow White And The Huntsman, the studio shot back, "I don’t know why you’re complaining when Marvel only has hit movies." To which the response was, "He’s happier working at a place like Universal." While Marvel has threatened to sue or recast anyone who doesn't play ball with them, many of those same cast members have responded with a very nonchalant, "Go ahead!" Apparently, "Hemsworth especially wasn’t anxious to go back into that arduous diet and training regimen and subsist primarily on egg whites for Thor: Dark World which hits theaters November 8th. I also understand that Scarlett Johanssen told castmates she’s "not going to cut her quote" for Marvel’s Avengers 2."


Source: Deadline
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DaenerysTargaryen - 5/7/2013, 2:44 PM
IMO sooner or later they're going to have to let go of RDJ and not act like their entire MCU relies on him returning.
Gyasiman - 5/7/2013, 2:44 PM
That mouse.....
Canon108 - 5/7/2013, 2:47 PM
It wasn't going to win awards because the script was on par with transformers...the only difference is that the stars had charisma. People give Whedon too much credit, he's not a very good director...the film was always going to sell itself.
Supes17 - 5/7/2013, 2:53 PM
Time for another Marvel recasting spree! :P
Tony93 - 5/7/2013, 2:58 PM
Just recast ;)
CaptainAmerica - 5/7/2013, 2:59 PM
Cheap ass Marvel!!! And the blind fangirls will still blame the actors!!!! Should've seen this coming ever since they recast Terrance Howard.
Curmudgeon - 5/7/2013, 3:01 PM
Something is very off about this story...
LucasMend - 5/7/2013, 3:01 PM
Marvel is so [frick]ing cheap. They have DISNEY as their owner, idk why they're so cheap if the big mouse can pay anything for them. They can even negotiate a 8 movie contract with rdj with disney money if they want.
CaptainAmerica - 5/7/2013, 3:03 PM
Terrance Howard
Ed Norton
Mickey Rourke
Natalie Portman
Hugo Weaving
^All had/have issues with Marvel. Now you add RDJ, Hemsworth, and Johansson to the list lolololololololol
MrReese - 5/7/2013, 3:06 PM
@CaptainAmerica Anthony Hopkins I believe didn't want to return as Odin also.
LucasMend - 5/7/2013, 3:07 PM
We don't need Johansson and Renner back in the sequel. So cast 2 young good people to play 2 other new characters in the sequel after negotiating with rdj and hemsworth.
Tony93 - 5/7/2013, 3:07 PM
hmm
will this effect the quality of the movies such as CATWS and THor 2?
Burkem6 - 5/7/2013, 3:07 PM
Lol what a coincidence that this story comes out right before man of steel.
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/7/2013, 3:08 PM
WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!
NNNOOOOOO!!!
Oh well, they'll get through this............ maybe.............
I didn't think this would happen, very surprised!
JoeMomma29 - 5/7/2013, 3:08 PM
Do not worry they can always bring in the B-Squad!

AmazingFantasy - 5/7/2013, 3:08 PM
Not good
Pay them, or the result if they leave, will be very very very badx
Durf - 5/7/2013, 3:09 PM
Just pay them Marvel/Disney. Jesus
JerBear - 5/7/2013, 3:09 PM
Do you guys really believe this BS?
MrMartinMarvel - 5/7/2013, 3:10 PM
Marvel get out your checkbook and pay these people!
JoeMomma29 - 5/7/2013, 3:10 PM
Greedy Bastards! Oh well they learned that from Marvel/Disney it all about the Benjamins Baby!!!!
TheSuperguy - 5/7/2013, 3:10 PM
Keep them on no matter what, I thought the cast was perfect. I wouldn't want it to be changed.
thewonderer - 5/7/2013, 3:11 PM
I want those diehard Marvel fans to now blame Howard, Norton, Rourke, Weaving, and the rest for their troubles.

Marvel are assholes. No matter how bad other CBM companies are, at least they don't treat their actors like pieces of shit.
marcvader1 - 5/7/2013, 3:11 PM
Talk about knee-jerkers. Lol
Durf - 5/7/2013, 3:11 PM
Although, this does seem rather fishy to be honest...
comicle199 - 5/7/2013, 3:11 PM
so let me get this marvel are making over a billion a film now, they have Disney's backing possibly one of the richest franchises in the world ( you know those guys who bought star wars with there pocket change) and for some reason marvel don't want to pay there star's more money.
to be honest if i was acting in films that were now making a company over a billion dollars a film i would demand more money to that's what happens if a company's profits go up substancially you give workers a raise.
i don't think the actors are out of order at all its marvel being stubborn and not letting Disney chip in when they want to.
as for recasting the idea to recast iron man in future films is great but the others i think then you start to lose your audience and everything you've built, do you really think that recasting will work anyway if you hire another dude to play iron man hes not going to take less than the previous actor was getting that's just insulting
Viltrumite - 5/7/2013, 3:11 PM
There's no way Marvel would let any of the major cast members quit, especially none of the primary ones. There wold be a major backlash if Downey, Jr. didn't return as Stark, and if any of the others didn't return on top of that, oh boy...
angus666 - 5/7/2013, 3:12 PM
It'll be worth it to pay them all the money they want, and it would be a shit show if they recast anybody.
nach1wan - 5/7/2013, 3:13 PM
is this gossip or fact? dont get me wrong, it could totally happen... but, this late into the game? hmm im suspicious
jimoakley666 - 5/7/2013, 3:13 PM
Marvel are going to start [frick]ing up soon if they don't sort this shit out. You'd have thought they'd have learned lessons from the previous penny-pinching [frick]-ups. Losing RDjr now (as well as the rest of the [frick]ing Avengers!) would be their BIGGEST mistake and I'm unsure they'd recover. Not straight away.
marcvader1 - 5/7/2013, 3:13 PM
Hey wonderer, what problems does Marvel have exactly. Lol
comicle199 - 5/7/2013, 3:14 PM
anyway guys if marvel aren't paying you enough i hear that Warner bros will be looking for some new superhero actors soon.
well take chris evans for the flash and im sure we can find hemsworth and downey junior a place somewhere
LucasMend - 5/7/2013, 3:15 PM
Ed Norton problem with Marvel was never money. They had fights during TIH because of the movie length, and it turned out to be a very situation/relationship between ed and marvel.
MrYurMomm - 5/7/2013, 3:15 PM
Who broke this story? El Mayimbe? [frick] that guy.
GLprime2814 - 5/7/2013, 3:16 PM
Excepts for the new comers like hemsworth the others are loaded and want more? [frick]ing greeeedy.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/7/2013, 3:16 PM
Let's see here...
Howard-asked for more money than the star
Norton-hard to work with
Rourke- I won't lie he had every right to be ticked
Weaving-I don't believe he had a problem with Marvel, he just wan't that interested in superhero movies.
Did I miss anyone?
comicle199 - 5/7/2013, 3:16 PM
i agree with you all if you want to make billion dollar films then you gotta give million dollar salaries
and if they recast because of tightness they wont get my money either
MrReese - 5/7/2013, 3:17 PM
Wonder what Whedon thinks of this? (IF it's not complete bullshit that is)
MatchesMalone1989 - 5/7/2013, 3:17 PM
I call Bullshit. If not then Marvel is in trouble. But I still call bullshit. But somewhere someone is saying "All according to the plan"
TheIconicMan - 5/7/2013, 3:17 PM
Oh come on Marvel!

Don't you dare ruin my childhood!

MrYurMomm - 5/7/2013, 3:18 PM
Nevermind, re-read article and saw it was Deadline who broke the story. I seriously doubt this story, though I know Marvel tends to lowball, each character is getting a franchise of their own while also building their star power.
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