Robert Downey Jr. really made it big when he landed the role of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
He’s been playing the CEO of Stark Industries since he starred in Iron Man, the very first film to roll out.
After over a decade of bringing Tony Stark to life, Downey Jr. is bidding the role adieu.
Keep your tissues handy!
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Fans may be devastated at him leaving Marvel behind, but the Oscar-nominated actor has done more than his fair share of appearances, and has made insane amounts of money to boot!
Perhaps reminiscing about the steady hefty paychecks and the allure of playing the magnate can reel him back in.
That is of course if Avengers: Endgame even leaves the leeway for such a move!
It all started with ‘Iron Man’
Iron Man debuted back in 2008 with Downey Jr. nailing the titular role.
Since it was the first movie, the beloved actor didn’t make much for the part. Word on the grapevine is that he pulled in $500,000.
Sure, half a million dollars may seem like a lot, but it’s a drop in a bucket when you start looking at the paydays he had in the later films.
Why do people speculate the NYC-born actor made so little?
Despite Downey Jr. growing into the role and becoming an iconic casting choice, he was not the director’s ideal pick. Considering his sordid past filled to the brim with rehab visits and drug charges, Marvel took on a significant risk casting him.
Thankfully it was more than worth the risk!
Robert Downey Jr. got a raise with ‘Iron Man 2’
The sequel, Iron Man 2, dropped just two years after the original film.
Considering the success of its predecessor, it’s no surprise Downey Jr. walked away with a pay raise. It’s speculated that he made $10 million for the highly anticipated film. Add in the potential 2.5% from the film’s profits and you end up with a number that decimates his first MCU paycheck: $13 million!
Ten million became the actor’s magic number.
Unverified sources have said this was his base pay for several more Marvel films: phase one’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3, and phase two’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
If you tack on the additional 2.5%, that puts his estimated earnings at $39 million, $32 million, and $35 million respectively.
How much did Robert Downey Jr. make off Marvel?
Before you can do the math, there are a few more films to take into account!
The 54-year-old superstar made an estimated $15 million for his appearance in Spiderman: Homecoming, roughly $20.25 million for Avengers: Infinity War, and will make about the same for Avengers: Endgame.
If all of these estimates are in the ballpark that puts the wildly successful actor’s income at over $200 million from the comic giant.
Since he was the man who started it all, it’s safe to say he is without a doubt the highest-earning actor on their roster!