Several Oscar and Emmy nominations and winners are currently active members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Several of these actors have also been lauded for their performances in other episodic series outside Marvel’s. For instance, there’s Zendaya who has won an Emmy for her performance as a teenager suffering from drug addiction in the HBO series Euphoria.
Next, there’s Elizabeth Olsen, who won praise for her performance as a bereaved wife on the Facebook series Sorry for Your Loss.
And while these ladies may fetch astronomical salaries for their roles on these shows, one Marvel star appears to have far surpassed them all.
Even more interesting, this actor hasn’t even made his onscreen debut in the MCU yet.
These Marvel actors and actresses get paid the most on television. Lately
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Marvel’s A-listers have been seen in a wide variety of other productions besides the MCU. That’s why Chris Hemsworth stars in and produces movies for Netflix while Chris Pratt stars in and leads movies for Amazon Prime. Meanwhile, other Marvel performers have been taking on series roles and reaping hefty payouts as a result.
For example, as Stranger Things prepares for its last season on Netflix, Black Widow star David Harbour is reportedly demanding $450,000 per episode. The actor apparently earns the same amount as Winona Ryder, who also stars in the series.
Oscar nominee and Black Panther actor Angela Bassett is thought to be receiving the same pay for her role as Los Angeles Police Department’s Sergeant Athena Grant in FOX’s long-running action-drama series 9-1-1.
When it comes to her salary, Elizabeth Olsen is making $875,000 each episode for her part in the new HBO Max series Love and Death. Brie Larson, another Marvel regular, is rumored to be making $750,000 per episode for her role in the upcoming Apple TV+ series Lessons in Chemistry.
Paul Rudd, who has an upcoming third Ant-Man film, reportedly earned $1 million each episode for his role in The Shrink Next Door on Apple TV+.
Michael Keaton, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, was paid the same amount for his role in Dopesick, a series streaming on Hulu.
They May Be Paid A Lot, But Nobody Can Rival This Upcoming Marvel Star
Mahershala Ali, winner of two Academy Awards, reportedly earns $1.3 million per episode as the lead in the Onyx Collective miniseries adaptation of Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot. Onyx Collective is a Disney brand that promotes creators of color.
In the story, protagonist Jake (Ali) is a struggling writer who resorts to literary theft, only to find out later that someone is aware of his misdeeds.
Aside from being the series lead, Ali is also producing the show alongside Korelitz and Abby Ajayi (How to Get Away with Murder and Inventing Anna) who will serve as the showrunner.
After reading Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot, Onyx Collective president Tara Duncan said, “I was hooked by the novel, and Abby’s singular point of view reinvents the story in a way that resonated to me and our mission at Onyx Collective.”
“Having the creative talent that is Mahershala Ali at the core of this mystery is just a dream,” said one critic.
To round out Ali’s Marvel work, he plays the title role in the forthcoming MCU film Blade. In the Eternals post-credits scene starring Kit Harington’s Dane Whitman, the actor voiced the role earlier.
Is Mahershala Ali Happy With His Experiences at Marvel?
For Ali, “getting to do that” was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“It was scary. Given that you have to talk it through verbally before you can begin filming it. I’m pretty particular about my choices, like most actors, and so having to make some choices – even with a line, vocally – this early on, it brought up some very real anxieties. And it made the job real. It’s like, ‘Okay, this is happening now’, you know, and that’s exciting.”
The Oscar winner has also stated that he is “eager to get going and do more” in regards to his first on-screen appearance as Blade.
Ali said, “That Marvel world is clearly the biggest in movies, and just to receive my tiny introduction to that – starting with the Comic Con a couple years ago, and now in the very early phases of stepping into the shoes of that character – it felt amazing and really cool.”
While Marvel is keeping the details of the Blade film under wraps for now, speculation about the character has been limited. As part of the MCU’s Phase 5 lineup though, it’s been slated for release on November 3, 2023.
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