Through the magic hands of Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the most profitable film franchise in film history. Not only have the movies he has produced under the banner of the studio grossed several billions of dollars, members of the Avengers, one of the sub franchises in the MCU, have become some of the richest persons in Hollywood through the success of the films.
From Chris Hemsworth to Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have seen their wealth climb in tandem with their popularity with the release of each film, particularly Avengers films, which holds the record for the highest-grossing subfranchise in the MCU.
We took a look at the richest persons in the entire Avengers series below. Check them out.
Richest Persons In The Avengers Series
1. Robert Downey Jr. – $300 million
Robert Downey Jr. is considered the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that reflects not just in the fact his movie, Ironman, was the first movie to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but he has consistently remained the universe’s most bankable actor.
When he was cast for his role in Iron Man, he was a struggling actor with a bad reputation, having gone through a difficult period in his life, which meant he didn’t have a lot of money in his account when Jon Favreau fought for him to play Tony Stark, a gig that got him just $500,000 in his first movie.
Since the remarkable profits of the film, Robert Downey Jr. has played a pivotal role in other films in the franchise, such as the two sequels to Ironman, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Spiderman: Homecoming and Endgame.
Through them, he has commanded mega salaries, and earned significantly in back-end deals, getting a share in the films’ profits.
With $15 million in salary for a couple of minutes of a cameo in Spiderman Homecoming, over $70 million for Infinity War, it is no surprise that Robert Downey Jr. is the richest person in the Avengers with a net worth of $300 million.
Aside from the bulk of his net worth which has come via the MCU, he has also made money through endorsements for brands like HTC and Volvo.
2. Scarlett Johansson – $165 million
According to several sources, Scarlett Johansson comes through as the second richest person in the Avengers via a net worth of $165 million.
Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having made her debut appearance in the Iron man sequel, Ironman 2. Since then, she has appeared in more than six MCU movies.
She earned a lowly $400,000 for her role in Iron Man 2 but as her influence and role in the MCU grew, so has her salary, earning as much as $15 million for her role in Infinity War and Avengers Endgame. So far, Scarlett is believed to have earned over $70 million through her time in the MCU.
Outside of the Marvel Universe, she commands an average of $10 million per film and has earned money in back-end deals from movies like Ghost in the Shell, a career reputation that has consistently made her one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.
Aside from her movie earnings, Scarlett has also earned through endorsements, raking in between $10-20 million per year. She also has extensive investments in real estate.
With such diverse and significant sources of income, it is no surprise she is placed second among the richest persons in the Avengers series.
3. Chris Hemsworth – $130 million
Compared to other actors in the Avengers series, Chris Hemsworth is a relative newcomer in the industry but it hasn’t stopped him from placing high among the richest persons in the Avengers with a net worth of $130 million.
Chris, who plays the God of Thunder, Thor, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been a member of the franchise since 2011 when he debuted as Thor. Since then, as a founding member of the Avengers, he has appeared in every single Avengers film, up to the culmination of their iteration of the franchise in Avengers Endgame.
Before getting cast in Thor, Chris Hemsworth made several appearances in movies and TV shows in his home country, Australia before moving to Hollywood, and in Hollywood, outside of the MCU, he has made several appearances in franchises like Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and other blockbusters.
As one of the highest-paid members of the Avengers, Chris has earned over $80 million over the course of his time in the MCU and he earns an average of $15 million per film outside the MCU.
4. Chris Evans – $70 million
In the Avengers, Chris Evans plays the team leader, Captain America but he is a little behind the pecking order when it comes to the money rankings among the band of superheroes.
Although he is known for playing a range of small-budget indie projects, the bulk of his net worth has come from appearing in several blockbuster movies, which includes The Avengers and his solo movies in the MCU.
For his first movie, Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans earned $1 million, although it is believed he earned a little lower at $300,000. However, by Avengers Endgame, Chris earned as much as $15 million as the Brooklyn-born soldier.
Although he is not the richest Avenger, he remains one of the highest-paid actors in the world, with other significant amounts of income coming through endorsement deals with brands like Gucci.
5. Jeremy Renner – $50 million
The fifth richest person in the Avengers is the superhero archer himself, Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner.
Like a lot of the actors in the Avengers, Jeremy has been in the industry for a couple of decades, during which he has amassed a significant net worth through appearances in various low to medium budget movies.
He made his first appearance in the MCU as a supporting actor in Thor and was a founding member of the Avengers. Although he is yet to have his own movie, he has his own show which is set to debut on the Disney+ streaming service. Jeremy Renner made between $2 million to $3 million for his first major role in The Avengers and has seen his salary climb up to $15 million since for Avengers Endgame.
Aside from the MCU, his net worth has also come through appearances in other franchises like the Bourne Identity and Mission Impossible.
6. Don Cheadle – $35 million
Don Cheadle was not a founding Avenger, having only joined the team in Avengers: Age of Ultron but he has been a member of the MCU since Iron Man 2 when he replaced Terrence Howard as James Rhodes a.k.a War Machine.
Before joining the Marvel Studios franchise, Don Cheadle had built an impressive career across movies and television, particularly the latter with shows like Picket Fences, The Golden Palace, and several others.
His earnings in the MCU remain unknown, although they are believed to be substantial, and in addition to his MCU income, he is a high-earner in television at $150,000 per episode for shows like House of Lies.
In addition to being one of the richest persons in the Avengers series, he is also one of the most awarded with over 103 nominations to his name, including an Academy Award nomination. So far, he has won over 35 of them.
7. Mark Ruffalo – $30 million
Nexy up on the list is Mark Ruffalo who plays The Incredible Hulk. Mark Ruffalo is the seventh richest person in the Avengers with a net worth of $30 million. The actor has been in the industry for over two decades, getting his breakout movie in 2000 when he starred in You Can Count On Me.
Since then, Mark Ruffalo, who has a reputation as a character actor, has been able to balance his blockbuster appearances, particularly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with appearances in dramatic and low budget projects.
So far, his career has fetched him a net worth of $30 million, earned from mega salaries like his Avengers Endgame salary of $15 million. In his first MCU movie, as Bruce Banner/Hulk in Avengers, he earned an estimated $2-3 million.
In addition to his MCU income, he also makes money through brand campaigns for Clearasil. However, Mark is known to be a major social activist and he has spent a fraction of his income on fighting social issues.
8. Paul Rudd – $30 million
Paul Rudd did not become an Avenger until the aftermath of the devastating events of Infinity War, but he is one of the few with a solo franchise in the MCU and like most movies in the franchise, it has been successful.
His movies, Antman and Antman and the Wasp have grossed a combined over $1.5 billion, both of which fetched him a considerable sum in salary.
His salary for his first outing as an Avenger in Avengers Endgame is believed to have been $15 million, which contributed significantly to his position as one of the highest-paid actors in 2019 with $41 million in earnings in the fiscal year.
Outside of the MCU, Paul Rudd has made a significant amount of money through his roles in romantic comedies and comedies like Knocked Up and I Love You, Man.
With Paul Rudd expected to reprise his role as Scott Lang in a third Antman film, his net worth is expected to increase in the coming years. However, for now, with a net worth of $30 million, he is the eighth richest person in the Avengers.