The original female Avenger in the movies, Black Widow, is about to earn a hefty payout. The iconic comic book character, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will reportedly get $15 million for a future standalone film. That puts her payout on par with a few of her fellow Avengers actors who have had their own successful solo movies and sequels already.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that reported $15M would match the amounts earned by her fellow “Avengers: Infinity War” stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Evans also earned $15 million in “Captain America: Civil War,” while Hemsworth was paid that amount for his solo sequel movie, “Thor: Ragnarok.” They each earned $15 million for their work in 2019’s untitled “Avengers 4” movie as well.
Johansson has portrayed Natasha Romanoff aka the superspy Black Widow in multiple films, beginning with “Iron Man 2.” She continued the role for the first “Avengers” movie joining the ensemble cast of superheroes. For that film, she reportedly made a salary in the low-seven-figure range while main star Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) took home $50 million. Johansson went on to play the character in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and this past year’s box office blockbuster, “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Her standalone film “Black Widow,” looks to be the MCU’s second foray into solo female superhero film territory. It will be piggybacking on the potential success of 2019’s “Captain Marvel,” which stars Brie Larson and arrives to theaters on March 8, 2019. Larson’s film will be Marvel’s first answer at the box office to the very successful DC film, “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot in the lead role.
“Black Widow” is expected to take place prior to the events of “Avengers,” giving viewers an insight into some of Natasha Romanoff’s background. As of this report, there’s no official release date for the “Black Widow” movie, but the film reportedly has Cate Shortland as its director.