Joss Whedon laughed off reports that he will take $100m for writing and directing “The Avengers 2” film.
“I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 million on ‘Avengers 2’,” he said.
“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.”
It was claimed that Whedon would be scooping the figure thanks to various complex deals encompassing sequels, his consultancy at Marvel Studios and his forthcoming TV work on the S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC.
Whatever Whedon’s fee, it follows claims that the stars of “Avengers Assemble” are seeking par rises for the next film.
It’s claimed that Robert Downer Jr, who received $50 million for playing Iron Man in the first film, is leading the charge to get his co-stars better deals.
Some of them made just $200,000 for the first film.
The Avengers released in the United States on May 4, 2012. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the fastest film to gross $1 billion.
The Avengers grossed $1.51 billion worldwide, and became the third highest-grossing film of all time.
A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.