Scarlett Johansson’s Net Worth Is Massive Thanks to Her Marvel Salary

Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's 'Black Widow'
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It should come as no surprise that Scarlett Johansson’s net worth is massive—one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses-level massive. As Marvel fans know, ScarJo is one of the cinematic universe’s six Avengers. As of 2020, Johansson has starred in eight (!!!) Marvel films, with another on the way.

Her first solo Marvel film, Black Widow, was set for release in May 2020, but was pushed back because of the current health crisis. Not only will Scarlett Johansson’s net worth receive a nice boost from the first Black Widow movie, but the film will also star Florence Pugh as Natasha Romanoff’s quasi protégé. So, yeah, it’s safe to say that the Black Widow franchise will be kicked off with a bang.

But back to Scarlett Johansson’s net worth. Based on the past salaries of other Marvel Cinematic Universe actors, such as Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth, it’s expected that ScarJo is also doing well in the financial department. That said, there’s no question that some of her male counterparts—like former costar Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—are making more than her. Johansson opened up about the discrepancy between her and her costars in a 2016 interview with Cosmopolitan, where she confessed that, though she’s in a “fortunate” position, the pay gap is part of a “larger problem” about gender inequality.

“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole. I am very fortunate,” she told Cosmo at the time. “I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage…I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”

Still, Scarlett Johansson’s net worth is far from small. Read on to find out just how much she’s worth from her massive Marvel paychecks.

A version of this article was originally published in April 2020. 

How much did Scarlett Johansson make from the Avengers movies?

Marvel’s Avengers franchise follows a scaled payment structure for its talent, with actors like Johansson falling into the same category as peers Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Back in 2015, Variety reported that the trio were likely earning up to $15 million each for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second film in the Avengers franchise.

That said, Avengers: Endgame, which premiered in 2019 and concluded the Avengers series, rounded out the franchise as Marvel’s highest-grossing film yet (in fact, it was Hollywood’s the highest-grossing film ever with more than $2 billion made). Given that actors usually earn a percentage of the box office, it’s likely that Scarlett Johansson’s net worth was boosted a ton from the film’s success. It’s also possible that ScarJo made significantly more for her (spoiler alert) final appearance as Black Widow in the Avengers universe. Forbes reported in 2019 that, in addition to ScarJo’s $15 million salary for movies such as Avengers: Endgame, she and her costars also receive backend pay bumps if their films are successes, which, according to the box office, every Avengers film has been.

In a 2017 interview with Marie Claire, Johansson talked about how, even though she’s been reported as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, that doesn’t mean that she’s the highest paid next to her male costars. “Just because I’m the top-grossing actress of all time does not mean I’m the highest paid,” she said at the time. “I’ve had to fight for everything that I have. It’s such a fickle and political industry.”

Scarlett Johansson’s net worth has been talked about for years. ScarJo also told Marie Claire at the time that she spoke about her Marvel salaries to highlight the pay gap between men and women in all industries. “Some people felt I should talk about my personal struggle in order to shed a spotlight on the greater issue,” she said. “Maybe I’m being presumptuous, but I assumed it was obvious that women in all positions struggle for equality. It’s always an uphill battle and fight.”

She continued, “[I believe] that it is really important to hear people in various positions of power to voice their opinions, their story,” she said at the time. “Why not? Why can’t I have the voice? Why can’t I use my platform? What’s the point of having it if you don’t use it? If you don’t want to get involved, please, the noise is loud enough. But if you’ve got something to say, say it.”

How much did Scarlett Johansson for Black Widow?

While it’s possible for Johansson to make more for Black Widow than she did in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, it’s likely that her salary is still around $15 million, given that that’s how much her costars, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, made for their recent solo Marvel films. Forbes also reports that ScarJo makes $15 million for each Marvel film. Still, $15 million is a lot to make for a first solo film. As we reported before, Evans and Hemsworth received way smaller checks when their films in 2011. It’s reported that Hemsworth made $150,000 because of his small name in Hollywood at the time, while Evans took home $1 million. Likewise, it’s reported that Downey Jr only made $500,000 for the first Iron Man film in 2008 because of his reputation in Hollywood at the time.

After the success of Thor, Captain America and Iron Man‘s movies, however, Marvel’s core six Avengers were able to way higher paychecks for their following films. While it’s unconfirmed how much ScarJo made for Black Widow, we estimate that it was around $15 million. While not as much as the reported $50 million that Downey Jr. made for Avengers: Endgame, we’re sure that Scarlett Johansson’s net worth still looks nice with that $15M paycheck.

What is Scarlett Johansson’s net worth?

Now for the big question: How much is ScarJo worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Scarlett Johansson’s net worth is a massive $165 million. That, of course, is thanks to her multi-million-dollar salaries on nine Marvel films, as well as campaigns with brands like Louis Vuitton, Moet Chandon, Dolce & Gabbana, Mango and L’Oréal. Along with her Marvel career, Johansson has also starred in blockbuster films such as The Jungle Book and Ghost in the Shell, which likely also boosted her worth. Forbes also reported in 2019 that Johansson was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid celebrities that year, with $56 million earned in 2019 alone. With two Oscar nominations in 2020 for the films Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, it’s also expected that Scarlett Johansson’s net worth will only increase because of the higher paychecks she will be able to command.

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