The movies that are a part of the MCU have gone on to be wildly successful. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are just two examples of how the timeline has expanded. Another popular movie was Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman.
When Black Panther first came out in January 2018, it made Marvel movie history during its first week at the box office making an estimated $192 million. But what did that mean for Chadwick? How much was his salary for the movie? And how has it affected his estate in the wake of his death?
What was Chadwick Boseman's salary in 'Black Panther'?
During his cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick reportedly earned $700,000. However, when he starred in his own MCU film as the titular character, he was reportedly given $500,000, plus a percentage of the film's profits (via Go Social). The Oscar-nominated picture made about $1.3 billion at the box office.
Sadly, Chadwick passed away in August 2020 at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” a statement on Twitter read. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last [four] years as it progressed to stage IV.”
The statement continued, “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy."
On one project, Chadwick Boseman cut his salary to increase co-star Sienna Miller's pay.
During an interview with Empire, Chadwick's 21 Bridges co-star Sienna Miller opened up about the late actor's character.
"He produced 21 Bridges and had been really active in trying to get me to do it," Sienna told the outlet. "He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold."
She continued, "This was a pretty big budget film, and I know that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio wouldn't get to. And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, 'I'll do it if I'm compensated in the right way.' And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that that was what I deserved to be paid."
Sienna explained that she thought it was "unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully." She added, "There was no showiness, it was, 'Of course I'll get you to that number because that's what you should be paid.'"
What is Chadwick Boseman's net worth? His widow is managing his estate.
A year before he died, Chadwick married his wife Taylor Simone Ledward. According to The Los Angeles Times, he didn't have a will. What remains of his estate will be split equally between Taylor and his parents Leroy and Carolyn Boseman. Overall, the estate is worth about $2-3 million.
Unfortunately, court fees seem to have impacted the worth of the estate. Entertainment Tonight reports that it was worth about $3.8 million beforehand. The publication says it's currently worth $2.5 million.