Gender equality

Scarlett Johansson did not earn more than male co-stars for the Avengers, despite earlier reports

US actress Scarlett Johansson poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

While several publications earlier this week reported that Scarlett Johansson received more pay for her role in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, than her three male co-stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo combined, that rumor turned out to be false. Variety found out that Johansson received roughly the same compensation for the movie as Evans and Hemsworth. Nevertheless, the biggest earner on that movie, by far, was still Robert Downey Jr. While no exact numbers were given, his estimated earnings for all movie projects this year is $80 million. The magazine also points out that Walt Disney Co, which distributes the Avengers films is one of the rare studios that is “leaning in” to to balance the scale for women in movies, with movies that include Frozen and Maleficent. “Audiences have proven that there’s an appetite and a market for dynamic female leads and female-driven stories, and as an industry, we have a responsibility to create those roles for women and compensate them accordingly,” Alan Horn,chairman of Walt Disney Studios, told Variety. Pushing even further, the company also hired Geena Davis, expert on gender equality in media, to consult on gender representation for the rides in their theme parks.

Read the full story at Variety.

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