The news of Robert Downey Jr's $50 million+ Avengers payday becoming public knowledge is the real-life equivalent of Thor's hammer falling from the sky, as it has shaken the Marvel universe.

In comparison to Downey's deal, the rest of the cast were reportedly paid $200K for their roles in the $1.1 billion blockbuster. Now that Marvel's looking to execute their sequel options, things are getting interesting. The cast is looking for $5 million upfront and a bigger piece of the back-end while Marvel is allegedly threatening to recast -- a tactic they've proven works pretty well in the past. The only card the cast has to play is a wild one; Downey himself.

With his contract obligations under his belt, Marvel will have to sweeten the pot if they want their star back for future sequels. But to Marvel's chagrin, the Avengers are assembling with Downey as the leader. Deadline reports that the actor won't sign for The Avengers 2 unless his cast mates are fairly compensated. "He’s the only guy with real power in this situation. And balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he’s not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like shit,” says a rep who only cares about their percentage.

Personally, I feel like the real talent with Marvel films is behind the camera, and the money should be put on the screen. It doesn't matter which actor dons the mask. 40% - 60% of these movies are all CGI anyway. As long as Marvel turns out quality films with awesome special effects, the talent will remain irrelevant. The Hulk proved that.