Scarlett Johansson Wasn’t a Victim of Gender Wage Gap During 2 Avengers Movies – Earned as Much as 2 Major Male Co-Stars

Scarlett Johansson’s career and personal life have been riddled with controversies, but there is one thing she hasn't faced while in the MCU

Scarlett Johansson Wasn't a Victim of Gender Wage Gap During 2 Avengers Movies - Earned as Much as 2 Major Male Co-Stars

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  • Scarlett Johansson has not faced a gender wage gap in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
  • Johansson earned the same pay for The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron as her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.
  • The paychecks for the OG actors in the MCU are mentioned in "MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios"
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Scarlett Johansson has had a plethora of iconic movies to her name throughout her years in Hollywood. Famously known for portraying the role of Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actress has had her fair share of controversies.

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With the actress suing Disney and walking out of the MCU after 2021’s Black Widow, there is one thing that Johansson has never faced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever since portraying the role of Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson has not become a victim of the gender wage gap during her time in the MCU.

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2
Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2

Scarlett Johansson Has Not Faced a Gender Wage Gap In The MCU!

Ever since her first appearance as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson became one of the original Avengers back when the MCU was still finding its footing. She later reprised her role as Black Widow in the 2012 movie The Avengers.

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Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is the only female member in the core Avengers squad
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is the only female member in the core Avengers squad

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As per reports, the Jojo Rabbit actress has never faced any gender wage gap during her time at Marvel. A separate Variety article reported that Johansson earned the same pay for The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron as her co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans did. In the book, MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, the paychecks for the OG actors are also written quite clearly.

As per the book, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth were both paid $15 million for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Scarlett Johansson was also paid the same amount for both movies while Robert Downey Jr. earned himself a deal of $20 million. Thus, it is quite clear that Scarlett Johansson has not faced a gender wage gap during her time at the Marvel Studios and the MCU.

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Scarlett Johansson Killed Off a Sexist Scene In Captain America 2

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Winter Soldier (2014)
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Winter Soldier (2014)

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In the iconic 2014 movie, Scarlett Johansson was the second lead alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Talking about the scene where she comes to pick up Cap in a car, Johansson reveals to Fatherly that she was originally going to wear tennis white’s and a blond wig!

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“When we were doing Captain America: The Winter Soldier— She first drives up in this beautiful car and picks up Cap, and initially in the script, it was like, she arrives in her tennis whites, with a blonde wig. It was very quickly killed.

She further continued,

“You work with a lot of male writers. Things were shifting. You have to be a part of the change. Audiences are also demanding stuff and there’s a cultural shift and it feeds everything into a more progressive direction.”

With controversies and lawsuits, Johansson was last seen donning the costume of Natasha Romanoff in the 2021 MCU movie Black Widow. There have been rumors of Johansson returning to the MCU once again but the possibility is very unlikely.

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.