» Think this has anything to do with rumors that Johansson will be starring in a Black Widow spin-off and/or S.H.I.E.L.D. movie? Or the massive payday that Robert Downey Jr. saw as a result of the first ‘Avengers' flick? Then again, maybe Disney and Marvel realize that — after you release the third-highest grossing film of all time — you’re going to have to pay your all-star cast a bit more money to get them all back for the sequel.
» Marvel signed the deal after the box-office success of Iron Man (2008), agreeing to pay Robert Downey Jr. a percentage of profits from all future movies in which the actor appears as Tony Stark/Iron Man. That’s significantly more than anyone else: Fellow stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson are each expected to make $2-$6 million from their wages and profit-sharing deals.
» To put that in context: The damage portrayed during the Chitauri invasion would be double that of the September 11th attacks ($83 billion), and bigger than both Hurricane Katrina ($90 billion) and last year’s tsunami in Japan ($122 billion). “Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an ‘act of God,’” reads the report, continuing, “though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate.” To put this in perspective, the $220 million it cost to create the film would be less than 1 percent of the total cost to repair the city after the damage it fake-created.