Deadline reported yesterday that Marvel and Disney may have some re-casting to do for Avengers 2. It all has to do with money. Apparently, the pay check and backend deals were not all equal or fair for “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. Then again, how could they be? Robert Downey Jr. had two Iron Man movies under his belt and third on the way in relation to Scarlett Johannsen’s Black Widow who had a mere cameo. It is surprising that she is having a contract dispute with Marvel to balance out her backend deal. The other cast member who also wants his due is Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth has more of a leg to stand on as Thor: The Dark World arrives this year. Hemsworth also has other projects in which he is the featured star.
Check out the full detailed story on Deadline.com, it’s mind boggling.
Now, before we start recasting Thor and Black Widow, we also have to look at Marvel. Marvel does have lengthy contracts with its actors and it appears that they are holding out on them. Yes, the Avengers was a success. Yes, the cast all signed contracts for sequels and so fourth. However, Avengers 2 might be the hottest sequel on the planet next to Star Wars Episode VII. The actors may not have a leg to stand on, legally, but will the court on public opinion and fanboy anger destroy what could be the the next highest grossing film of all time? Will the average film goer care if Black Widow is not in Avengers 2? Probably not. However, if Thor is recast, then we might be looking at an Incredible Hulk scenario. They worked that one out in the end, casting-wise, but there is no new Hulk movie on the horizon.
What are your thoughts, Maniacs? Should the Avengers (the cast) get new deals and contracts? Should they honor their previous agreements? Should Marvel pay up and reap the benefits of Avengers 2?