A prolonged salary negotiation with Marvel has resulted in a resolution with Robert Downey Jr. to return in ‘Avengers 2 & 3’ according to multiple media news outlets.
Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) will reprise his role as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) according to a statement released by Marvel. There was no indication from Marvel as to the future of any stand-alone ‘Iron Man’ films, but for comic book and superhero movie fans, the news is welcomed.
RDJ’s Tony Stark has been the centerpiece of the “Marvel-verse” since the first ‘Iron Man’ film in 2008. The global box office successes of both ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Iron Man 3’ led to more than $2.7 billion in ticket sales worldwide and those films rank as two of the top-five grossing films in history.
The press release did not disclose any salary details for RDJ, but speculation is that his earnings are close to $35 million for ‘Iron Man 3’ and $50 million for his role in ‘The Avengers.‘ (Source: Deadline)
‘The Avengers 2’ is scheduled to begin production in March of 2014 for a tentative May 2015 release. Not only will the move by Marvel to secure RDJ reunite him with ‘The Avengers’ director Joss Whedon, but may also open the door for contract resolutions for the other ‘Avengers.’
Marvel and parent company Disney had to resolve more than just the financial compensation for Robert Downey Jr. to return in ‘Avengers 2 & 3’
Both Marvel and Disney also had to address RDJ’s contention that ‘The Avengers’ co-stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) weren’t better compensated for their roles in the first installment.
2015 may very well turn out to be the ‘Year of Disney’ at movie theaters. In addition to the anticipated May 1 release of ‘The Avengers 2’ is the other major Disney movie property currently in pre-production.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is also under the Disney banner and slated for a summer 2015 release.
J.J. Abrams, who most recently directed ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness‘ into international success, will direct the next chapter in the ‘Star Wars’ saga. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are already on board and casting is underway for other key roles in the film.