As Chris Evans Prepares to Leave Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Cashes In

Scarlett Johansson waited a long time for her first solo romp in the Marvel world, and it appears all that patience has paid off. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson is set to collect a cool $15 million for her upcoming Black Widow standalone film. Thats the same amount both Chrises Evans and Hemsworth collected for their own most recent standalones, Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok. So even as Chris Evans prepares to tap out of the Marvel cinematic universe, Johansson appears to be all in.

As T.H.R. noted, despite its astronomical wealth, Marvel doesnt usually grant such big paychecks for a heros first standalone film. But at this point, after playing the Black Widow in seven separate films—including the upcoming sequel to Avengers: Infinity War—Johansson is a proven quantity. Even more than, say, Robert Downey Jr. was when he pulled in $500,000 for the first Iron Man. (Since Iron Man, of course, the M.C.U. has proven itself to be a money-printing machine; per T.H.R, each Avengers films usually gross more than $1 billion worldwide without blinking.) The studios actors also tend to get multi-million dollar bonuses based on each films performance, so Johansson could stand to make even more.

Multiple sources confirmed the pay figure to T.H.R., but a Marvel representative disputed it in a statement: “Marvel Studios disputes the accuracy of these numbers, and as a matter of policy, we never publicly disclose salaries or deal terms.” Representatives for Marvel and Johansson did not immediately respond to V.F.s request for comment.

Fans have been clamoring for years for Marvel to make a Black Widow film, which made the films eventual announcement earlier this year feel way overdue. Even DC, which began its connected cinematic universe years after Marvel did, managed to deliver its first female-led film, the wildly successful Wonder Woman, before Marvel even confirmed it would make a Black Widow movie. Still, with Captain Marvel on the way next year and Johanssons standalone finally in the works, perhaps Marvel will spend its latter years making up for lost time.

Meanwhile, Chris Evans, who has played Steve Rogers since 2011, seemed to announce his exit from the franchise last week when he tweeted, “Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least. Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.” Fans have speculated that Evans would be leaving for quite some time, so this tweet was not exactly a surprise. Still, whenever and however Steve bites the dust in Avengers 4, it seems safe to assume tears will be shed.

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