With the premiere of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Studios became the most renowned movie series in history. After Iron Man, several superhero movies featuring characters like Thor, Captain America, and Ant-Man were made. Following that, cinema theatres sold movie tickets and memorabilia was in high demand. And this came after the success of Ryan Reynolds’ phenomenally successful turn as the Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool, and the early 2000s popularity of Sony’s X-Men movies. It is important to note, though, how financially advantageous the actors’ performances were to their personal finances.
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Bradley Cooper – $100 million
Most people might be shocked to learn that Bradley Cooper is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rocket Racoon, a space raccoon adventure from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy series, stars Bradley Cooper. With this being the third and last film in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, James Gunn claims that the adored character will take centre stage. This has many fans on edge.
Chris Evans – $50 million
Chris Evans assumed the role of Captain America, the nation’s longtime first Avenger and the quintessential decent guy who stands up for what’s right no matter the cost. Fans can presume Evans hung up the stars and stripes after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Evans, though, has previously worked with Marvel Studios; in 2005, he played the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four. Although the movie received negative reviews, Evans’ performance held up well.
Chris Hemsworth – $90 million
Chris Hemsworth, who plays Marvel’s God of Thunder, consistently displays the character’s tragic and humorous range in the series. Shakespearean themes were introduced in the franchise’s first movie, which debuted in 2011, but after Thor: The Dark World received mixed reviews from reviewers and moviegoers, Taika Waititi’s third instalment, Thor: Ragnarok, adopted a comic tone. The most recent Thor movie featuring Hemsworth was Thor: Love and Thunder from 2022.
Chris Pratt – $40 Million
Chris Pratt hails from Pawnee, Indiana, where his first successful NBC series, Parks and Recreation, was set, while Peter Quill was born in Colorado for Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy. From an unknown comic on a cult television programme, Pratt rose to become the boss of a motley crew of worldwide bandits hell-bent on getting paid but doing the right thing if it turns out to be a good thing. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 debuts on May 5, 2023, and is rumoured to be Chris Pratt’s final project for Marvel Studios.
Hugh Jackman – $100 million
Hugh Jackman became a household name after playing Wolverine in filmmaker Bryan Singer’s X-Men, which was released in 2000. Without counting his impending appearance with Ryan Reynolds in the third Deadpool movie, he appeared in twelve movies. After 2017’s Logan, Jackman put his claws away, but Reynolds persuaded the star to make a comeback, hopefully sporting a comic-accurate outfit.
Jeremy Renner – $50 million
In the Marvel Universe, a number of “sleeper” characters serve crucial roles to the main superheroes of the many franchises, and Renner gave a standout performance as Clint Barton, also known as “Hawkeye.” Fans might expect Renner to continue into Phase Five after his self-titled show on Disney+ depicted the famed archer potentially passing on his bow and arrows to Kate Bishop. Renner first appeared alongside Thor in 2011’s blockbuster film of the Norse god.
Paul Rudd – $70 million
To most—and by most, I mean all fans eagerly anticipating a true Ant-Man movie, including this writer—Paul Rudd’s casting as Scott Lang/Ant-Man was initially a surprise. Thanks to his roles in the comedies I Love You, Man and Anchorman, Rudd has a solid comedic career under his belt. He is worth every penny, as seen by his performances in the Ant-Man movies and his solution to a problem in Avengers: Endgame.
Robert Downey Jr. – $300 million
Since 2008’s Iron Man, Downey has served as Marvel’s primary actor, thus the first spot is not surprising. It’s amazing how Robert Downey overcame a personal addiction and revived his acting career from a movie that was expected to bomb to becoming the face of Marvel Studios even after he was no longer under contract to appear in any more films. The actor portrayed Tony Stark; many fans just believe Robert Downey Jr. to be a real-life embodiment of Tony Stark.
Ryan Reynolds – $75 million
Reynolds’ debut in the superhero genre wasn’t particularly successful. Reynolds starred in the 2011 film Green Lantern, which received negative reviews from audiences and reviewers all around the world. Most recently, the actor appeared in the sequel to his enormously popular superhero film Deadpool. The actor’s first movie, which made $132 million at the box office, was a passion project for him because he has always been a fan of Marvel’s Merc with the Mouth.
Scarlett Johansson – $140 million
Nearly as well associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man” is Scarlett Johansson’s Natalia Romanoff, popularly known as “The Black Widow.” This is a bold claim, but the actress played the Russian spy turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works with the Avengers in nine Marvel movies.
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