Superhero movies make bank. 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” became the highest grossing film of all time when it earned nearly $3 billion dollars at the worldwide box office — three other films in the Marvel series also appear on the list of the top 10 highest grossing films of all time. In honor of “Avengers” franchise star Chris Hemsworth’s 36th birthday on Aug. 11, 2020, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at the richest stars who play superheroes, starting with the Aussie actor, who’s spent much of the last decade playing Thor. He debuted as a Marvel superhero for a $150,000 paycheck, which is nothing compared to what he’s making now. For “Avengers: Infinity War,” Chris pocketed $15 million — and he may have earned up to $30 million for “Thor: Ragnarok.” Forbes has reported his income as $37 million in 2014, $27 million in 2015, $31.5 million in 2017 and $64.5 million in 2018. Keep reading to see what other actors have raked in major dollars playing superheroes…

Playing Iron Man has been extraordinarily profitable for Robert Downey Jr. Starting in 2008, he headlined the “Iron Man” movies and appeared in three “Avengers” ensemble films plus “Captain America: Civil War” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” They’ve kept him busy: Between 2015 and 2019, the only films he appeared in were ones in which he played Iron Man or Tony Stark. For “Avengers: Endgame,” RDJ earned a reported $75 million between his $20 million salary and profits from a back-end deal based on box office success (the movie earned $2.7 billion worldwide). That $20 million salary was a massive bump from the first film he did, where he agreed to a $500,000 paycheck. It was a good gamble to accept the lower salary initially as he’s since earned hundreds of millions of dollars.

Chris Pratt transitioned from comedian to superhero in 2014 when he starred in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and has raked in major dough ever since (he’s consistently appeared on Forbes’ World’s Highest Paid Actors list since 2015). Chris, who plays Star-Lord, has reprised his role in three more films with a fourth, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” in the works. His original salary was around $1.5 million, but he’s now reportedly in the eight-figure range for his Marvel gigs.

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