by Brett White
Earlier this week, Deadline published a comprehensive assessment of the woes currently plaguing contract negotiations for "Avengers 2." The article mentions that Joss Whedon, the writer and director of the third biggest movie of all time, is earning $100 million to keep him signed on for "Avengers 2" and as a consultant on all of Marvel's other cinematic outings. Deadline states:
Acknowledging "I'm doing okay" compensation wise, Whedon reportedly has a "really rich deal" worth an astronomical $100M for a combination of product and services including several pics, consulting work, a put pilot at ABC, and many other elements that effectively take him off the marketplace for years and years, one source tells me.
But that "one source" appears to be mistaken, according to Whedon himself who refuted the astronomical sum with a post on Whedonesque. Check out his statement below.
I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been "reported" that people should take with a grain of salt:
That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.
That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I "can write."
Well, that's a load off. Sorry to get so personal -- the whole thing's a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I'm off for a nice juicy steak. There's a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico -- like a steak.
Whedon's acting pretty dodgey about the unicorn accusations, but we'll let it slide... for now. But whatever sum Marvel's shelling out for Whedon would seemingly work against whatever argument Marvel and Disney have for not paying its actors what they're worth. Obviously Marvel and Disney acknowledge that Joss Whedon's vision played a large hand in the success of "Marvel's the Avengers." They want to keep him around, so they've agreed to pay him a large sum of money. It may not be $100 million, but it's enough to keep him satisfied. So if Marvel and Disney can acknowledge that Whedon was essential for the film's success, it stands to reason that they'd have similar opinions about Robert Downey Jr. (who is, by the way, the most successful superhero actor ever) and the rest of the Avengers cast.
We should expect to buckle in for a long ride as the much beloved and, come on, irreplaceable "Avengers" cast renegotiates their contracts. It could be a long summer.
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