How much WILL Robert Downey Jr. pocket from “Iron Man 3,” and can “The Avengers 2” afford him?

Interesting speculative piece on today about Marvel’s potential problems lining up the stars for an “Avengers” sequel. With Robert Downey Jr. on track to take home $50-60 million or more from “Iron Man 3,” and contractually free from the character, Marvel will have to spend a fortune to get him into an “Avengers” sequel.

“Iron Man 3” has cleared $725 million, worldwide. Downey’s deal is such that the more the movie makes, the more he does, too.

Everybody involved in these films has grown in stature, thanks to them. Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans. Those without contracts in place they could be prohibitively expensive to sign up.

It’s one thing for a hyped movie to open, blow up and surprise expectations, as “The Avengers” did. It’s another for that being a MUST HAPPEN scenario for Marvel to have a prayer of breaking even. Maybe a slimmed down “Avengers”?

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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