On one hand, it’s hard to argue that anyone is as irreplaceable as RDJ in their own roles, especially when we remember that Marvel had no problems ditching overly entitled actors including Edward Norton and Terrence Howard, who previously portrayed Hulk and War Machine, respectively.
On the other hand, all their demands combined still don’t add up to Downey’s bounty, so I’m betting The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is simply relieved that Marvel has finalized its largest (and most crucial) expense for the franchise and can now focus on more important details like, you know, actually making the film.
When the rubber hits the road, with the notable exception of John Carter (meh), Disney has proven over and over again that it knows a good investment when it sees one, and the success of the Avengers franchise seems a foregone conclusion at this point. In the end, despite the high price, I think we can count it as another great reason to own The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) stock over the long haul.
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