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Movies made by Marvel Cinematic Universe tend to be high impact films that drive the summer blockbuster season.  That’s the reason why Marvel films and actors tend to make so much money. Here’s a quick list of the ten richest Marvel actors.

Chris Pratt plays a leading role in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star-Lord in a role that helped him win a completely new level of fame. The popular actor has helped make this little-known comic story into an incredible film success. Outside the Marvel world, Pratt is the main actor in the Jurassic World series and also plays Emmet in the Lego films. Pratt is one of the fastest growing names in Hollywood and has a substantial net worth of approximately $40 million.

Jeremy Renner may not have been the focus of the Marvel films he starred in, but his role as Hawkeye has helped boost his net worth to about $50 million. Jeremy has been in all but one of the Avengers films and yet only in Avengers: End Game did Renner have a substantial role. It was in this film that he clearly showed us how great the Hawkeye character could be; furthermore, his emotional encounter with Black Widow was a scene stealer.

Chris Evans has portrayed heroic moral goodness as the Avenger leader ever since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris was the perfect Captain America.  Although Evans’ time as Captain America came to an end and the cloak was passed on during Avengers: End Game, his time in that role was memorable, helping him reach a net worth of about $50 million.

Paul Rudd spent most of his acting career earning his impressive fortune in the range of $70 million through comedy films. That’s why it was surprising hear his name when it was first announced as Ant-Man.  Rudd played an important role in Avengers: End Game and has two Ant-Man films of his own. His comedic approach greatly helped his films stand out from the crowd.

Perhaps nobody on this list has ever worked harder to get a miracle film going than Ryan Reynolds did with Deadpool. The popular actor had a strong desire to play this character. When Reynolds finally managed to get the R-rated movie off the ground, it immediately became a hit for Marvel. This helped Reynolds, the voice of Pickachu, to increase his net worth to about $75 million.

Chris Hemsworth has starred in countless films from Rush to the latest movie Men in Black. He also played Thor in both his own films and in the Avengers films. Thor is one of the most powerful characters in the series and Hemsworth has done an incredible job in this role by giving it both a serious and comedic tone.  All together Hemsworth has accumulated a net worth of about $90 million.

Bradley Cooper is the voice behind the incredibly popular Rocket Racoon character, a member of Guardians of the Galaxy who also appeared in the Avengers franchise. Cooper has an incredible career, from the Hangover series to Silver Linings Playbook to A Star is Born, in which he wrote, directed and acted. From all of his great, high earning movies he’s earned a fantastic net worth of in the neighborhood of $100 million.

Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine really put this veteran on the map for the adventure audience. He has played this role countless times. Jackman has since withdrawn from the role, but not before he left a huge mark on the Marvel world.  His total career in film and on stage has yielded a net worth of approximately $100 million.

One thing Marvel never fails to have female actresses in their films, mostly in secondary roles. But that’s not the case with Scarlett Johansson, who portrayed the brilliant Black Widow in countless Marvel films.  Johansson is first and foremost a safe name in Hollywood. She is box office royalty.  She can carry a Marvel film. All of which has made her a wealthy woman with a net worth estimated to be $140 million. Scarlett Johansson topped the list of the richest female actresses this year. Who is the undisputed king of miracle superhero films? The answer might be Robert Downey Jr. with an incredible net worth of about $300 million; Robert Downey Jr. has created an incredible career, much of it through his role in the Iron Man franchise. Marvel gambled by hiring Robert Downey Jr. who had had years of addiction issues.  They had to believe those years were in his past – they were and he proved them right.

Actor Kristen Stewart (famous from the Twilight series) has faced pressure to hide her lesbian identity in order to advance her career. Stewart has said that after she broke up with co-star Robert Patterson, she wanted to focus on enjoying life rather than protecting it, an attitude that allowed her to be open about her sexuality despite concerns about career implications. Stewart described her previous attitude as being old school, one focused on preserving one’s career, success and productivity to the detriment of happiness. A turning point may have come when someone in Hollywood asked her to not hold her girlfriend’s hand when going into a Marvel movie. What does this story tell us about the culture of Hollywood?  Perhaps, it’s reflects an ambivalent American culture on social tolerance.

We have been learning more and more about Disney+ weekly as the company continues to release new information ahead of its November 12th release date. We reported a ton of announcements regarding content last week and now we have some information on their streaming limits.

One Disney+ account will be given permission to stream on up to 10 devices – sounds like a generous offer next to Netflix, which allows permission for only 1, 2, or 4 devices.  Example: If you have a Disney+ account on your TV, your iPhone, and iPad, you’re at three right off the bat. Let’s assume a family of four has Disney+ on each of their phones and on a TV in each of their bedrooms, that’s 7. Throw the family room into the mix and it’s up to 8.

Disney’s Special Labor Day Weekend Offer:

Disney Club members can sign up for a 3-year package of Disney+ over Labor Day Weekend for a cost of $141, a package that will cost regular folks $70 a year or $210 for 3-years.  

On its November 12th US launch, Disney + will offer 300 movie titles, a number that will grow to 500 in the first year, and 7,500 TV episodes.  The service will be the exclusive home for all Disney theatrical releases going forward.  At launch you’ll see Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World as well as Star Wars films The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Avengers: Endgame will come on December 11th. Also coming are several original series: a live-action Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor, three Marvel series called Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.  Then there’s Muppets Now and a Lizzy McGuire revival. Other New Shows at Launch Forky Asks a Question SparkShorts Marvel’s Hero Project High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Encore! The Imagineering Story The World According to Jeff Goldblum Year One Movies From Marvel: Ant-man and the Wasp Avengers: Endgame Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man 2 Thor: Ragnarok From Star Wars The Last Jedi, Solo and The Rise of Skywalker From Pixar Toy Story 4 Year One Original Shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Marvel’s 616 Lamp Life Monsters at Work Star Wars: The Clone Wars Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 Be Our Chef Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) Diary of a Female President Magic of Animal Kingdom (Re)Connect Rogue Trip Shop Class (working title) Year One Original Movies Noelle The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title) Stargirl Timmy Failure Togo Day One Film Library 101 Dalmatians A Bug’s Life A Goofy Movie An Extremely Goofy Movie Bambi Bao Big Hero 6 Born in China Cars Fantasia Finding Dory Finding Nemo Free Solo Frozen Fun and Fancy Free Hercules High School Musical Honey I Shrunk the Kids Inside Out Iron Man Lady and the Tramp Lilo & Stitch Mary Poppins Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Moana Monsters University Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1 Ratatouille Remember the Titans Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Sleeping Beauty Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Steamboat Willie The Good Dinosaur The Incredibles The Little Mermaid The Parent Trap (1961) The Prince & The Pauper (1990) The Princess Diaries The Rocketeer The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short) The Sword in the Stone The Three Caballeros Thor: The Dark World Toy Story Tron (1982) Up Wall-E Zootopia Day One TV Library Amazing Planet Andi Mack (seasons one-three) Boy Meets World Brain Games Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan Dr. K’s Exotic Animals Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet Drain the Ocean DuckTales (1987) DuckTales (2016, season one) Earth Live Goof Troop Great Migrations Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things Kim Possible Malcolm in the Middle Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series) Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series) Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Mouse Shorts One Strange Rock Raven’s Home Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue Star Wars Rebels Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series) That’s So Raven The Incredible Dr. Pol The Simpsons Unlikely Animal Friends Wicked Tuna

Disney and Pixar announced that Jamie Foxx will be the lead actor in its film Soul, scheduled for release in June 2020.  It’s the first time an African American has played a lead role in a Pixar animation.

The film synopsis asks, “Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you … you?  Soul takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.”

Joe Gardner (played by Foxx) is a middle school band director and a jazz lover. After several attempts Gardner finally gets accepted to play at a highly regarded New York City jazz club, only to die shortly after. That’s just the beginning.  The rest takes place when his soul goes on to the lands beyond and he meets up with other souls up above.

Several clips have been released through the Walt Disney Studio Twitter account.

After much speculation from the fan base, Disney finally unveiled something at the D23 Expo 2019: a self-promoting documentary series titled “One Day at Disney.”  This series will take viewers behind the scenes with the Walt Disney Company performers who bring the magic to life in Disney Parks, Disney Theaters and Walt Disney Imagining. Those featured in the Disney documentary are:

● Eric Baker – a Walt Disney Imagineer who has overseen the creation of detailed props within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

● Ashley Girdich – a Research and Development Project Manager who helps teams execute innovative robotics technology projects at Disney parks.

● Eric Goldberg – an animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdin, Phil in Hercules, and animating Mickey Mouse in the short film Get a Horse! directing “Pocahontas”

● Mark Gonzales – a worker on the world-famous Disneyland Railroad.

● Grace Lee – a Senior Illustration Manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing.

● Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela – a South African actor currently playing Rafiki in The Lion King.

● Ryan Meinerding – Marvel Studio’s Head of Visual Development.

● Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko – a Veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort.

● Jerome Ranft – a Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use in films including Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3 and Ratatouille.

● Robin Roberts – a former ESPN sportscaster who has been co-anchoring on Good Morning America since 2005.

Sony Pictures and Disney had a deal which gave Marvel Cinematic Universe legal rights to make Spider-Man movies. Talks between the two companies to renew the deal have recently collapsed.  In a plot worthy of the films themselves, Spider-Man is now set to leave the Marvel Universe.

Disney, the owner of Marvel Studios, had demanded a 50/50 funding and profit split with Sony.  Sony declined causing Disney to remove Marvel as producer of future films. A Sony spokesperson expressed disappointment over Disney’s decision while saying that Sony would continue producing Spider-Man movies without Marvel. Sony is already working on Spider-Man spin offs including Tom Hardy’s Venom and Morbius. A sequel to the animated Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is also being produced.  We’ll have to see of these back office battles effect the on-screen results.

2019 has been a big year for Disney; releasing and announcing numerous movie and TV series remakes, the impending release of Disney+ as well as the company’s theme parks having a great year. With the good comes the bad and Disney is now dealing with some harsh accusations from a former company accountant. In a recent statement, a former senior financial analyst for Disney, Sandra Kuba, said that employees in the parks division overstated revenue by as much as $6 billion in the years 2008-2009.  Kuba had worked for Disney for over 18 years. She claimed that employees would double count sales from gift cards, once when purchased and once when used.  At times they would even count them as a sale when a complimentary gift card was given to customers who had a complaint about their experience. Whether the errors were done due to negligence or done intentionally these are serious claims that Disney is denying as it performs its internal due diligence.  Disney stock dropped modestly after the statements were made public, but nothing that would send stockholders into a frenzy.  There may be serious sanctions by the Securities and Exchange Commission on the unlikely chance that these irregularities were an attempt at stock manipulation.
            The movie Finding Dory did not increase demand for blue tang fish, instead it created more awareness about the species. Warnings that this would happen are because of reports that the movie Finding Nemo inspired increased demand for clown fish. Results from University of Oxford research show that there’s no link between blockbuster movies and demand for wildlife. Instead, these blockbuster films sometimes inspire viewers to learn more about the animals they depict. In the past media sources have made false accusations of film influences on consumer behavior. These accusations were often made against very famous movies such as Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. This same research group at Oxford will be researching the impact of environmental BBC documentaries such as Blue Planet on plastics and Black Fish on attitudes towards cetacean (a type of aquatic mammal) captivity.

Disney’s remake of Aladdin hit the theaters earlier this year was a massive success across the globe. Grossing over $1 Billion dollars, the popularity of Aladdin has Disney thinking that the people are looking for more. With numbers like those, it is hard to disagree with their stance.

The recent resurgence of the Golden Era films from Disney has been based around remaking older titles and not adding sequels films. However in this case, it could make sense. The Will Smith Genie element will be a big draw to bring viewers back in, along with the curiosity of what new angle they will take with the Aladdin title.

Producer Dan Lin had this to say.

“We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell.”

While nothing has been officially revealed, it sounds like the powers that be in the Aladdin franchise are toying with the idea of more for the title.

It has also been rumored that a live action Bambi remake is in the works. After seeing the success of The Lion King, Disney will produce the 1940’s classic Bambi in a similar fashion. Talking CGI animals, mixed into live action backgrounds, and the possibility of an actual human being in the film are among the latest highlights around the underground buzz. Disney has been on an all out blitz of remakes, and Bambi is one of the remaining few titles Disney still has to produce.

Check back in for more Disney news as some of these new rumors unfold and let us know your thoughts on some of the latest Disney buzz!