Equal pay has been a matter of a lot of debate in Hollywood in the last few years, and some advances have undeniably been made. There are still a lot to do, of course, but Marvel has given an important step towards a more just industry: Scarlett Johansson has landed a $15 million pay for her role in the upcoming Black Widow movie, the same as some of her male co-stars.

The amount is the same as what Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have been paid for their roles in Avengers: Infinity War and both of their last solo movies, as well as the upcoming Avengers 4. Of course, Robert Downey Jr. is still making a lot more than all of them, but the important thing is that a female star has finally been paid the same as her male co-stars whose characters are arguably as important as hers.

It should also be noted that Marvel Studios usually doesn’t pay nearly this much for a first solo movie, with even big stars like Chadwick Boseman and Brie Larson earning a lot less than that for their first solo outings. Marvel is making quite clear that despite the newcomers coming in strong, the original stars of the MCU are still very much valued in the studio.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter