Scarlett Johansson to Reportedly Earn $15 Million for New Black Widow Movie

Rosalie Gross
October 15, 2018

Reportedly, Johansson will be getting a salary of $15 million for the upcoming movie. This is on par with what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth earned for the latest Captain America and Thor standalone films, as well as in this year's Avengers: Infinity War, the publication said.

THR breaks down that Marvel tends to hold the purse strings tight during a first outing, having given Robert Downey Jr. only $500,000 for the first Iron Man.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios does not offer large salaries to actors for their first standalone film. She is gearing up for her own "Black Widow" solo movie, and is getting a whopping amount as remuneration. For comparison to relatively new Avengers, Chadwick Boseman was reportedly paid $2 million for Black Panther and Brie Larson $5 million for Captain Marvel - though it's worth noting that Marvel has been notoriously stingy on acting contracts in the past for first-time supers. Abraham Reisman at Vulture believes the pay gap is closing due to "extensive public shaming" of studios for paying women far less than their male counterparts. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

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Both Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth recently announced the Avengers 4 marked their last time with Marvel (Evans here; Hemsworth here).

So yes, it is great that Scarlett Johansson is finally getting paid what she is owed for her work, but I also hope she realizes how that means that she has privileges leaps and bounds over other actresses and uses her power to help, not harm.

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