Moviepilot.com revealed that not only does Robert want a higher portion of the box office proceeds, but he also wants $100 million dollars for his next portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. Not only is $100 million dollars an exceedingly large amount of money, but asking for that much is also outright insanity. Then again there are a few factors that Marvel Studios needs to consider if they want to just give away that much money.
First off can The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3 be successful if Robert Downey Jr. is not present? Considering that Robert was the main star of The Avengers it would make sense that he could ask for that much money and get away with it. Another thing to note is that people may not be as excited about the next Avengers if Robert is no show.
Second, can Marvel afford to lose $100 million dollars for just one actor? Also is Robert even worth the money? The first Avengers movie cost about $250 million dollars and grossed over $1.5 billion. This left Marvel Studios with over $1.2 billion. So if the next Avengers movie also costs $250 million, and Marvel forks over another $100 million just for Robert, that will leave less for Marvel, and their new bosses, Disney, in the end.
Third, because it is very hard to distinguish Robert Downey Jr. from Tony Stark at this point, it will be difficult to try and replace him. Marvel will have to think long and hard upon the choice of replacing him because who else could do a better job? Sometimes when actors are landed a role, it defines them and becomes the perfect role. For Robert Downey Jr. that role is being Tony Stark.
Now that Robert has made his demands, the only question that remains is will Marvel Studios bend over backwards for Robert Downey Jr. and give into his demands? We will have to wait and see how things play out in time.
(Originally posted on Gotchamovies.com)