Scarlett Johansson reportedly scores $15 million payday for Black Widow movie

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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

After punching, kicking and flipping through six movies as Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson is finally getting a $15 million payday for her upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That salary is what Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor got for “Captain America: Civil War” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” respectively. (For those of you keeping count at home, those are the third standalone movies for both their characters.)

Those two Marvel Chrises also each earned that same $15 million payday for reprising their superheroic roles in this year’s supersized team-up “Avengers: Infinity War” as well as the upcoming fourth “Avengers” film.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Marvel typically doesn’t shell out big paydays for first-time heroes: Robert Downey Jr. only took home $500,000 for the first “Iron Man,” Johansson pulled down a low-seven figure salary for the first “Avengers” movie in 2012 — compared to Downey’s $50 million — after making her debut in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.”

But Chadwick Boseman scored a seven-figure paycheck to star in “Black Panther” ($2 million, according to sources), and his salary is expected to get a big boost for his next trip to Wakanda. And Brie Larson, who has an Oscar for 2015’s “Room,” will be paid some $5 million for her initial outing as Carol Danvers in next year’s eagerly awaited “Captain Marvel” movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Larson landed a generous payday, but also signed a seven-picture deal that locks her into multiple franchises.

As previously reported, Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland has been tapped to helm “Black Widow,” which will finally let Johansson’s clever and capable assassin-turned-Avenger stand in her own spotlight instead of lurking in the shadow of the guys. It’s good to hear that she will get the paycheck to go with the responsibility of carrying a standalone film and giving Marvel more girl power at long last.

-BAM

 

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