Raking in $140 million despite the raging Delta variant, actor Tony Leung’s (梁朝偉) Hollywood debut, the action-packed Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings <尚氣與十環傳奇> has done remarkably well at the box office.
How He Compares to Today’s Highest-Paid Actors in Their Marvel Debuts
Garnering positive reactions in his villainous role as Wenwu, the Hong Kong press reported that Tony had been paid a handsome $7.7 million USD for his first-ever Marvel role, which puts him second only to multiple Academy award-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who received $12.5 million USD for her role in 2018’s Thor: Ragnarok, and ahead of Thor’s Anthony Hopkins.
Marvel had offered the impressive figure for Tony’s first-ever Hollywood role, given the man’s legendary status in Chinese cinema – he has nabbed numerous accolades including Cannes Best Actor award over a four-decade-long career.
While Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., Captain America’s Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame are some of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors today, all three had received a relatively modest pay compared to Tony when they first took on their now iconic superhero roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – $500,000 USD, $300,000 USD and $150,000 USD respectively.