On Thursday, reports surfaced that Scarlett Johansson would earn $15 million for the first standalone movie about super spy Black Widow. Johansson has played the role of Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Johansson’s Avengers: Infinity War co-stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth were paid $15 million each for reprising their roles in the latest entry to the MCU.
Usually, Marvel Studios doesn’t cough up quite that much money for the first movie in a new franchise. For example, Robert Downey, Jr. only received $500,00 for Iron Man. Chadwick Boseman only brought home $2 million for Black Panther, even though his MCU character has already appeared in another film. The only other woman to have her own MCU film, Brie Larson, was paid $5 million for starring in Captain Marvel, hitting theaters next spring.
While The Hollywood Reporter received confirmation from multiple sources about Johansson’s Black Widow salary, Marvel Studios issued a response refuting the claim. “Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms,” a spokesperson for the studio shared in an official statement.
It’s interesting to see Johansson’s and Larson’s salaries for their first standalone Marvel movies. The pay discrepancy is attributed to Larson signing a multi-film contract with Marvel Studios, indicating we’ll see plenty more of Captain Marvel in the years to come, The other reason for the difference is that Johansson’s Black Widow has been an integral component of the MCU since her first appearance in Iron Man 2.
Black Widow will appear on the silver screen in Avengers 4 next May. The Black Widow movie has yet to receive a release date.