Robert Downey Jr. made about $435 million playing Marvel’s Iron Man.


Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.Emma Mcintyre/Getty Images

  • Robert Downey Jr. began his Marvel journey with a $2.5 million payday for ‘Iron Man’.

  • By the time he was cast in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ his base salary was $75 million.

  • The star reportedly earned nearly $435 million while playing the Marvel superhero.

He was paid $2.5 million to appear in 2008’s “Iron Man.”

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Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man.marvel studios

Despite being an Oscar-nominated actor, Downey Jr. didn’t start his Marvel career with a big payday when he was cast as Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man.

Because by then, he had dealt publicly with substance abuse. But Marvel took a chance and paid the lead actor $2.5 million.

This would mean the launch of one of the biggest franchises Hollywood has ever seen and a career resurgence for RDJ.

By the time 2012’s The Avengers came out, Downey Jr. had been paid $50 million.

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“the avengers.”disney

Fast forward four years and the situation with RDJ is very different.

He’s not just a star again, he’s the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise spearheaded by his ‘Iron Man’ movie that became a box office sensation.

In 2012, the MCU was all about releasing “Avengers,” which would bring Marvel’s biggest stars to the big screen at the same time.

But Marvel didn’t get Downey Jr. cheap.the actor is paid $50 millionplus the back-end percentage of movie profits.

In 2013, he earned $75 million on Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid actors.

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RDJ’s fortune is starting to grow.Getty/Mike Marsland

Being the face of the Avengers has its perks.

while taking in the movie over $1.5 billion At the global box office, RDJ earned an amount never seen before in his career.

In fact, he topped Forbes annual ranking List of actors who earned $75 million in 2013.

He made another $75 million in 2014, returning to the top of the Forbes list.

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And it kept growing.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

2013’s “Iron Man 3” also made a big profit for the backend coin thanks to the success of the movie.

As a result, Downey Jr. is once again the highest paid actor on the Forbes list. for $75 million.

In 2015, it returned to the top with $80 million for the third year in a row.

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and growing.Theo Wargo, NBC/Getty Images

In 2015, he got $80 million, According to ForbesThe figure put him at the top of the list of highest paid actors for the third year in a row.

Most of the income came from the base salary and back end of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.

RDJ lost the top spot (to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) in 2016, but the face of the MCU made $33 million that year.

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A good portion of that pay came from appearing in “Captain America: Civil War.”marvel studios

In 2016, Downey Jr. was finally ousted as the highest-paid actor on Forbes’ list. It was Johnson who beat him.

But the RDJ money train kept going when he brought in the money. $33 million that year Thanks to “Captain America: Civil War.”

He received $48 million in 2017.

Robert Downey Jr. in a gray suit, glasses and a microphone

2017 Robert Downey Jr.Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan/Getty

When $48 million, In 2017, you probably thought the MCU party was over and RDJ was leveling off.

you would be wrong

RDJ then received $81 million in 2018 thanks to a $15 million payday for appearing in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Cash is still coming in.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Downey Jr. had a great year in 2018 thanks to his appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming and one of the lead roles in Avengers: Infinity War.

Forbes called him $81 million, Marks RDJ’s highest annual salary to date.

Downey Jr. earned a $15 million payday for playing the father of the new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And with the worldwide success of Infinity War, $2 billion takeRDJ got a huge salary and bonus.

RDJ was paid $75 million to star in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

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End the era with a huge payday.marvel studios

Many of the cast of “Avengers” were paid heavily to become one of the biggest box office hits of all time, but RDJ topped them all.

Since making the first “Iron Man,” Downey Jr.’s salary and backend have increased over the years, thanks to his contract with Marvel. But for “Endgame” it was astronomical.

according to to forbesthe actor had a base salary of $20 million for the film.

RDJ reportedly earned around $435 million in total from the MCU movies he’s starred in.

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Pretty sure Marvel got its money’s worth.marvel studios

Downey Jr.’s journey in the MCU is one of the greatest actor success stories in Hollywood history.

Analyzing what the actor reportedly got in each Marvel movie he starred in, Comic Book Resources Calculates That RDJ earned about $435 million in total.

But that number could be inflated with exactly what he’s captured in back-end deals. At the end of the day, you will receive the balance, which is an annual payment.

So to this day, Downey Jr. is likely still cashing in. big Marvel check.

He also has several endorsement deals that have earned him millions of dollars over the years.

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Money keeps coming in.Ian Gavan/Getty

In 2013, Downey Jr. signed a two-year deal. reportedly paid him $12 million To be the face of mobile phone maker HTC’s global campaign.

Then, in 2019, he signed a one-year deal endorsing Chinese mobile phone maker OnePlusThat campaign focused exclusively on Asia. It’s unclear what he paid for it, but seeing Marvel’s popularity worldwide, OnePlus probably wrote him a hefty check.

RDJ has a watch collection worth millions.

Robert Downey Jr. in a suit

That’s a lot for the time portion.Albert L. Ortega/Getty

Downey Jr. likes sports fancy watch.

Among the stars are the $25,000 Rolex GMT Master II Ghost watch, the $125,000 pink gold Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon watch, and the $605,000 Greubel Forsey GMT Tourbillon watch.

He also spends money on vintage cars.

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RDJ’s custom Ford Mustang.speed collection

Downey Jr.’s garage is full of cool cars. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette When Customized 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302.

He spends his off time at his wonderful home in Malibu and the Hamptons.

Robert Downey Jr. in a red suit jacket

2022 Robert Downey Jr.Amy Sussman/Getty

Of course, the man who played Tony Stark has walked into some amazing homes.

In the upscale Hamptons of New York, he own a windmill — yes, literally a house with a windmill — that Cost about $11.9 million.

In Malibu, California, by the sea, he owns a $3.8 million home.

3 beds, 3 baths, 3,384 sq ft midcentury modern home Perched on a cliff, there’s a pool, hot tub, fire pit, entertainment area, and even a putting green for mini-golf.

And he’s a sneakerhead. At his 50th birthday party, he reportedly appeared in a pair worth $2,000.

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Robert Downey Jr. loves his kicks.Han Myung-gu/WireImage/Getty

Robert Downey Jr. seems to have the same craving for shoes as any celebrity in Hollywood.

“He has a bigger shoe collection than I do!” His “Avengers” co-star Scarlett Johansson once said.

At his 50th birthday party in 2015, RDJ stepped out in Givenchy Tyson wedge sneakers. The price at Barneys New York stores is $1,945..

Italian-made checkerboard woven leather shoes are designed with a classic high-top round toe, padded tongue and collar, and a thick outsole with Velcro ankle straps.

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