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Battle of the MCU Villains: Which Marvel Anti-Hero Actor is the Richest of Them All?

With the consistent box office success that Marvel Cinematic Universe has been getting, it’s no secret that actors who play the main characters get paid the well…really well. In fact, Robert Downey Jr., who’s been portraying Iron Man since 2008, has reportedly amassed a wealth of $250 million.

But what about the actors who play the MCU villains? Do they also enjoy the same monetary benefits that their hero counterparts do?

Iconic Villains

Fassbender has played the mutant supervillain Magneto since 2011’s ‘X-Men: First Class’.

Given the numerous films Marvel Studios has produced over the past decade, there will be standouts in the arsenal of characters they’ve introduced to moviegoers. Some of the most memorable villains from the MCU are definitely English actor Tom Hiddleston’s interpretation of Loki and Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. There’s also the iconic Doctor Doom from the Fantastic Four movies, who’s played on screen by Toby Kebbell.

But while they’re some of the most popular MCU villains, it seems like this does not translate to their corresponding wealth in real life. Compared to Downey’s impressive fortune, Fassbender only has a reported net worth of $30 million while Hiddleston isn’t far behind with $20 million. Kebbell, on the other, has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Surprising List-Toppers

Redford with Chris Evans in a scene from ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’

However, despite not playing the most well-known of Marvel villains, veteran actor, Robert Redford, actually is the richest among the MCU villain actors. It can be remembered that the 82-year-old played the Hydra agent Alexander Pierce in  ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

Redford is currently worth an estimated $170 million. However, it’s also worth noting that the number accounts for his entire six decades in the entertainment industry as well as his real estate holdings.

There’s also Kurt Russell, who appeared as Ego, the Living Planet, in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

Despite being in an MCU film, Russell admits that he is not much of a comic book fan.

While the 68-year-old actor reportedly got paid pretty well for his role in the film, the majority of his net worth of $70 million was made from other endeavors. In total, the veteran actor has appeared and starred in around 58 films throughout his decades-long career in Hollywood.

Heroes Get Paid Better

In the end, though, it seems that in the Marvel universe being good does pay off. This is pretty evident in the much larger salaries that Marvel heroes get compared to their villain counterparts. For example, Evans, who plays Captain America, reportedly earned $76 million just for the most recent Avengers films alone.

Following closely is Downey with $66 million. The Iron Man actor also scored a deal that entitles him to a percentage of the Avengers films profits which might contribute to his large earnings. There’s also Bradley Cooper aka Rocket Raccoon and Scarlett Johansson aka Black Widow who respectively received $57 million and $56 million for their roles.

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