Marvel has been wildly successful for over ten years now. That kind of success brings quite a bit of money with it, and some of that money even trickles down to the actors involved in these films. For some, Marvel has led to a complete career renaissance. It's given them the money and the freedom to pursue passion projects when they aren't saving the day on the big screen. Marvel has made stars out of many of its core cast members.
At the same time, the franchise has also pulled in bigger names as it's gone along. Some of the stars working in that universe would never have signed on in 2008. Now that the franchise has proven to be an enormous success, everyone wants in on the easy money. Some of these actors don't even have to come in to film. Their voices are enough. Here are the 20 highest-paid Marvel actors based on their net worth.
Robert Downey Jr. is the undisputed king of Marvel. His career went through a total renaissance after the first Iron Man, and his paydays rose as a result. For more than a decade now, Robert has been considered the lynchpin of the MCU. These movies wouldn't work without his quippy, abrasive Iron Man.
As a result, he's been able to leverage the success of these films to his personal benefit. Although there were plenty of stars in the latest Avengers film, he reportedly took in $40-50 million on his own. That's quite an epic payday, even by Tony Stark's standards.
Vin Diesel has most of his money thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise, but it never hurts to collect a Marvel paycheck. As Groot, Vin has proved that he can provide quite a bit of emotional depth without using many words. Based on his net worth, it looks like he's been paid well for those efforts.
Vin has a very distinctive screen presence. Few people would call him a deeply charismatic actor, but he's managed to prove his worth as a franchise star. That's what's given him his financial success thus far. That, and a voice that no one else can replicate.
Bradley Cooper is another actor that's earned most of his money outside of the MCU. Even so, his Rocket Raccoon is a special creation. What's more, Bradley doesn't have to wear any sort of funky costume or act in front of a green screen to play the part. Instead, he just has to go to a sound studio and do his crazy thing.
Now that he's ventured into prestige directing, it's even funnier to consider his work as Rocket. It's unclear exactly how much Bradley is getting paid for his work in the MCU, but he doesn't really need the money.
Scarlett Johansson was a star long before Marvel snatched her up, but her role as Black Widow has made her a superstar. She's been playing the part for a decade, since Iron Man 2. Although she doesn't always have a ton to do, she's been in enough of these movies to see some benefits in her bank account.
Of course, Scarlett is also a movie star outside the MCU. She's one of the few actresses left who can do a wide variety of work on original films and make them a success. She does everything from indies to action, and she's proved her abilities in every area.
Chris Hemsworth's Thor wasn't always a highlight of the MCU, but that's changed as of late. In Thor: Ragnarok, he proved that he's a lot funnier than these movies have often allowed him to be. As of late, it seems like this Chris is more than willing to pull his weight.
The MCU has made him a star, but he's used that stardom to take on plenty of roles in other projects. His charisma has proven to be an asset across these projects, and it's allowed him to build up quite a bit of cash. Even today, the Aussie actor's star is still rising.
The stardom of Gwyneth Paltrow is only tangentially related to her work in the MCU. Although she was one of the first actors to sign-on to the franchise, she's only appeared sporadically since Iron Man 3. Still, these movies are fairly easy paychecks because of how little time she has on screen.
Elsewhere, Gwyneth has increased her net worth through her lifestyle brand and appearances in other films. She's had an incredibly long career in Hollywood, and it's one that's set her up for a pretty wealthy life. Her money for playing Pepper Potts is really just the gravy on top.
Chris Evans has proven to be one of the biggest stars of the MCU, and he's got the funds to support that claim. He wasn't a huge star prior to being cast as Captain America, but since his debut as the character, his star has risen.
In the near future, it's like that Chris will leave the MCU, but that doesn't mean his career is over. He's got plenty of opportunities to pursue outside the MCU, and given the time commitments those movies take, he'll also have more time to chase after them. We could all use a little more Chris Evans in our lives.
You may be scratching your head at this one. After all, Benicio Del Toro is barely even in the MCU. He played the Collector in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and he showed up briefly in Avengers: Infinity War. Most of his money comes from work outside the MCU.
Interestingly, Benicio is one of the few actors to have roles in both the MCU and the Star Wars saga. He doesn't play a huge part in either franchise, but I'm sure both of them pay pretty well. In addition to his lengthy career as a serious actor, franchises certainly help pay the bills.
Many of the actors on this list have been movie stars for some time, but Chris Pratt is more like an overnight sensation. He was on TV for years, but when he was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy, he proved he could be a leading man.
Since then, he's blown up both inside the MCU and in other films. As a result, he's accumulated quite a bit of money pretty quickly. The more important question, though, is where he ranks among the three Chrisses that are now part of the MCU. That's a debate that may never come to a solid resolution.
Thanos himself is the newest entry into the MCU if you don't count end credits teases. Josh does an excellent job introducing Thanos in Infinity War, and he's one of the main reasons for the movie's success. Arguably, that movie is about him more than it's about anyone else.
Most of the money he's accumulated in his career doesn't come from the MCU, but Thanos certainly can't hurt. It may be annoying to have to dress up in a suit covered in ping pong balls, but at least it pays off financially. Josh's career has been long, though, so Thanos likely won't be the end for him.
Don Cheadle benefits from a lot of work. He's in way more stuff than you might realize, and that includes the Marvel films. His part was originally played by Terrence Howard but from Iron Man 2 on, the part's been Don's.
Outside the MCU, Don has had steady work both on TV and in a variety of films. He's a widely acclaimed actor who's also capable of remarkable versatility. As Roadie, he's a funny, compassionate friend for Tony, and a fun addition to the expanded Avengers team. Marvel movies give him a chance to experiment a little bit. Sometimes, those experiments pay off big time.
Mark Ruffalo doesn't really look or act like a superhero. That's what makes him the perfect Bruce Banner. He's a little schlubby and very nerdy, but he's also incredibly charming. Since he took over the part from Edward Norton in The Avengers, Mark has proven that he can be a great Hulk.
He's another actor with an extensive Hollywood career outside the MCU. His work in these films has likely made him wealthier, but it's also been pretty excellent. Bruce doesn't have to be as funny or complicated as Mark makes him. He may be collecting a paycheck, but he's also doing the work.
Benedict Cumberbatch has only been in two MCU films to date, but he's already made a strong impression. As Doctor Strange, Benedict has proven that he can carry the kind of snarky charisma that this franchise has been so reliant on in Tony Stark. Should Robert Downey Jr. decide to step away from the MCU, Benedict may be a perfect candidate to take his place.
Of course, the British actor has developed a promising career outside of the MCU as well. He played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC series, and earned himself an Oscar nomination as well. Like many actors on this list, he doesn't need the money. Still, it's nice to have.
The cast in the Thor films has not always been littered with huge stars, but Idris Elba has been a consistent factor in each of them. He's also done plenty of movies and television outside of the MCU, and it's doubtful that he's relying on his Marvel paychecks very heavily.
Still, like most of the actors on this list, Idris probably figured that it couldn't hurt to be collecting that money pretty regularly. Marvel movies are almost like a day job, one that allows actors to take on more adventurous projects in their free time. That's certainly how Idris Elba approaches it.
Loki is a mischievous god, and also a fairly wealthy one. Tom Hiddleston has been a presence in the MCU since the first Thor. He's the big bad in the first Avengers movie, and he shows up fairly often after that. Because of his lengthy history in the MCU, Tom has been able to cash quite a few paychecks.
Even as he's maintained his role as Loki, he's also done plenty of interesting work outside the MCU. He's proven himself to be an incredibly capable of actor, and something of a workhorse as well. On top of that, he might know the MCU better than any other actor in the franchise.
Despite appearing in the highest-grossing film of all time, Zoe Saldana's net worth is actually relatively low. It seems like her work in Avatar may not have had a huge payoff, though she'll likely demand more for the sequels.
In the MCU, Zoe plays Gamora, and her appearances in three films have certainly contributed to her wealth. Her character's future is somewhat uncertain at the moment, but four Avatar sequels on the horizon, she's not exactly going to disappear. In fact, she might just be getting started.
Paul Bettany has been a voice in the MCU since Iron Man. He played Jarvis, Tony Stark's computer. More recently, though, he's been playing Vision, an artificially intelligent life-form who is at least partially Jarvis. As a result, Paul has actually appeared in quite a few MCU films, but only recently in physical form.
Paul is actually another actor who's also been in a recent Star Wars film. Between that film and the MCU, it seems likely that he's raking in a good bit of cash. It's unclear what his future is with the franchise at the moment, but he should certainly be grateful for the time he got.
William Hurt is another actor who's not exactly well-known for his work in the MCU. Most of his legendary roles came in movies that were made decades ago. Being the MCU never hurts your stock, though, which is why Hurt agreed to take on the role of Thaddeus Ross in three films.
He first appeared in The Incredible Hulk, and he's basically the only member of that cast that survived. He took an eight-year break from the MCU, but popped back up in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. As of late, his somewhat minor place in the MCU seems secure.
Wrestling can be a pretty profitable career path on its own, but acting is even better. Dave Bautista is a fairly recent addition to the world of acting, but he's already made an impression as Drax. Even in crowded films like Infinity War, Drax is a standout because his humor is so distinct.
The alchemy of the Guardians films is fairly unique, and Dave is one of the major reasons for that. He's big and tough, but he's also kind of a dummy. Drax is an instantly loveable character, and if anybody besides Dave Bautista had played him, that might not have been the case.
Black Panther was one of the biggest box office success stories ever. Even so, Chadwick Boseman didn't see any huge paycheck as a result. It's likely that Chadwick will justifiably demand quite a payday for his work in the sequel. At the moment, though, his star is still growing.
In five years, it's likely that Chadwick's net worth will jettison up this list. After all, Marvel has a habit of making people pretty wealthy. It's not like Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans have always been bankable Hollywood stars. They are now, thanks in large part to the position that Marvel put them in.