Robert Downey Jr even said that he might be considered a "Strategic cost"
GQ asked Downey about THR's $50 million number, with the publication reporting Downey smiled broadly and answered "yeah" when asked if that was about right.
"Isn't that crazy?" he said. "They're so pissed. I can't believe it. I'm what's known as a 'strategic cost.'"
That sounds so Tony Stark LOL
I can just imagine Marvel executives pulling their hair out. He has them in a frenzy
Executives- He said yes?!? Can we even afford him?!
Executive 2- I don't know!
*jumps out of a window*
I don't get studio thinking.
Pay your top franchise star big bucks and have anything between a guaranteed profitable to insanely successful movie or risk everything by getting a cheaper replacement and hope for the best.
Marvel got very lucky they chose RDJ (though he was always a blast to watch pre Iron Man) and jumpstarted his career again so why mess with the formula?
Yes.. 50 million sounds like a lot but if it gets you an additional 200-300 million i'd call that a good deal.