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Fans of Marvel’s “Avengers” series have long griped about the franchises’ ratio of male to female superheroes. Just earlier this year, while promoting “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Mark Ruffalo pointed out that he could still not find enough Black Widow merchandising in the likeness of Scarlett Johansson, the most prominent woman star of the series. But for this week’s cover story about pay disparity in Hollywood, Variety learned that Johansson earns roughly the same compensation from “The Avengers” series as her male co-stars Chris Evans (who plays Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
Previous reports suggested Johansson received more than twice the salary of Hemsworth and Evans for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” But those statistics were not accurate, sources added.