While Robert Downey Jr. has been the face of Marvel's "Avengers" films, he might also become a regular face among Hollywood's richest actors. (Via JJ Georges / CC BY SA 3.0)
The 49-year-old grabbed the top spot on Forbes' list of highest-paid actors — earning about $75 million, the same amount he made the previous year.
His success largely stems from his roles in Marvel's "Iron Man" and "Avengers" films. The films so far have collectively earned a whopping $4 billion worldwide. An "Avengers" sequel is set for next spring. (Via Paramount Pictures / "Iron Man 2")
As a writer for Forbes puts it: "Downey reigns ... because at this point, it would be incredibly difficult for Marvel to continue making Iron Man and Avengers films without him."
And it's a good time to be a superhero. Downey Jr.'s co-star Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in the "Avengers" series, came in at No. 5 with $37 million. (Via Walt Disney Studios / "The Avengers")
Forbes determines the salaries based on how much each celeb earned for "entertainment-related work" between June 2013 and June 2014.
At No. 4 is Leonardo DiCaprio, who once topped the list in 2011. He starred in the box office hits "The Great Gatsby" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." (Via Warner Bros. / "The Great Gatsby")