Joss Whedon Squashes Reports of $100 Million ‘Avengers’ Payday

The director says he's making a lot, but not as much as Robert Downey Jr.

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Joss Whedon wants to clear something up: He is NOT getting $100 million, or as he calls it, "Downey money," for "The Avengers 2."

The Robert Downey Jr. quip is referring to the reported $50 million that the "Iron Man" actor made on last summer's "The Avengers," which the actor confirmed in a GQ interview. "The Avengers" became the third-highest grossing film of all-time, raking in $1.5 billion worldwide. Downey reaped a huge payday due to his backend deal for the film. 

On a post on Whedonesque.com, the director said, "I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts."

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In his letter, the talent behind the Marvel films continued to shoot down other "facts," including a real bummer to anyone invited to a Joss Whedon party this Memorial Day.

Read Whedon's entire post below:

"Hi guys.

I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been "reported" that people should take with a grain of salt:

That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.

That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.

That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.

That I "can write."

Well, that's a load off. Sorry to get so personal — the whole thing's a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I'm off for a nice juicy steak. There's a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico — like a steak.

BYE-ee! J."