Watching Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man has been an incredible journey, and he will always be remembered for his character portrayal. Despite currently being one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, RDJ earned a substantial amount through his role as Tony Stark. Although Robert Downey Jr has departed from Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), his impact on viewers remains unchanged.
How much Money Robert Downey Jr. made playing Iron Man in MCU
RDJ debuted in the Marvel franchise with the 2008 film Iron Man. Despite being an Oscar-nominated actor, he accepted an average salary due to publicly dealing with substance abuse. Nonetheless, Marvel cast him as their first star in the MCU and paid him just $500000.
Iron Man paved the way for one of Hollywood’s most significant film franchises, welcoming A-list actors to play leading roles. However, RDJ remained the face of the MCU and reportedly earned $50 million for his role in the 2012 film Avengers.
As per a report by CBR, RDJ topped Forbes’ highest-paid actor’s list, earning $75 million in both 2013 and 2014. He earned $80 million the following year, again securing the top spot. Although his role in Captain America: Civil War was brief, RDJ received $50 million and a $5 million bonus for overtaking the previous Captain America movie’s box office, making around $64 million.
RDJ’s paycheck increased gradually as he continued his run in the franchise. In 2018, he earned $81 million for appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. For his final film in the franchise, Avengers: Endgame, in which his character Tony Stark died, the actor earned $75 million.
Despite fluctuations in RDJ’s earnings, he reportedly earned around $435 million for his MCU films over 11 years. Additionally, residuals ensure that the money keeps coming in for the actor.