Robert Downey Jr. has often been regarded as the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), courtesy of his portrayal of Tony Stark (Iron Man) in a number of installments over the years. The sheer talent attached with his name, and popularity levels with his character, have made him one of the highest paid actors for comic book adaptations. Hence, it is not surprising to know that he received a pretty penny for a rather minor appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, Downey walked away with $10 million for about fifteen minutes of screentime in the web-slinging reboot. That comes to around $1.5 million for each minute that he was seen on the screen, and effectively more than what Tom Holland received for his titular role of Peter Parker (Spider-Man) in the same movie.
To add more perspective, note that Chris Pratt and Tom Hardy will earn about $10 million and $7 million respectively for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Venom (2018) in leading roles.
For those unaware, there is a deal between Marvel Studios and Downey that guarantees the actor a share of the box office earnings for every movie he appears in. This brought in $50 million from The Avengers (2012) and about $75 million from Iron Man 3 (2013).
The investment in Downey paid off in the end. Spider-Man: Homecoming went on to earn more than $880 million in the box office worldwide and became the second highest-grossing installment in the Spider-Man franchise.
There is an untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in the pipelines that will launch phase four of the MCU. This will be set right after the events to come in the untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, presently dubbed Avengers 4.