Women in Hollywood have been raising their voices for years about the gender pay gap, but one report shows that Scarlett Johansson may have busted that wide open. According to Variety, for her role as Black Widow in Avengers, Johansson was paid the same as Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth for their roles as Captain American and Thor respectively. The salary was awarded at an equal rate for both Avengers films.
The exact dollar amount is not known, though Johansson’s earnings are predicted to be around $35 million annually.
Out of the franchise’s many stars, Robert Downey Jr. is the best paid by far for his role as Iron Man. In fact, Downey Jr. made $80 million in the span of a year, which officially makes him the world’s best-paid film star.
Disney has been taking a stand on equal pay across genders in Hollywood by awarding equal pay for their latest films. They reportedly also ensured equal pay in their films Frozen, Maleficent, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson.
According to Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, the company understands the value of women in film. He told Variety:
“Audiences have proven that there’s an appetite and a market for dynamic female leads and female-driven stories, and as an industry, we have a responsibility to create those roles for women and compensate them accordingly.”