Joss Whedon has denied a report he is set for a $100 million payday for The Avengers 2.
The internet lit up on Tuesday after Deadline.com reported director Joss Whedon is getting a deal worth $100 million from Disney for the Avengers sequel and various other projects. It effectively meant Whedon was the highest paid director in the business, thought the filmmaker took to his personal blog to refute the report, though admitted he was making "A LOT" from the new film.
"I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!)," he wrote, explaining, "Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts." His reference to Robert Downey Jr hinted that the Hollywood star probably did get the numbers suggested by Deadline for the first Avengers movie. It is known that the actor had a contract for a share of the profits from the smash-hit movie but the original speculated figure of $50 million is "more like $70 million-$80 million" according to the website.
The second Avengers movie is set for release in 2015 and if the trend of big-budget sequels outperforming the originals continues, it could be potentially record the biggest box-office numbers, ever.
Joss Whedon [L] and Robert Downey Jr [R] Have Made A Fortune From The Avengers, And There's More To Come