How Do The Avengers Make Money?

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we follow a host of heroes from all walks of life. But in a world that’s THIS expensive, you’ve got to wonder just how they make ends meet.

Of course, in the comics, Stark Industries pays hefty salaries to all of the Avengers. Throw in a few government grants and some contract work, and most of these heroes seem to fare just fine. But in the MCU? It’s a little more complicated.

Let’s look at how some of our favorite heroes pay the bills.

Stark Industries

Well, this one shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s been 15 years since the very first Marvel Cinematic Universe premiere. Iron Man flew into theaters and we all got to see the massive weapons manufacturing company Stark Industries, famous for creating destructive government assets. It took some time, but Tony Stark eventually found a better way to impact the world. He helped bring clean energy and resources to a world in need. That, and a super suit.


Sometimes it’s just science, sometimes it’s medicine, sometimes it’s both. Naturally, Doctor Strange first made money as a medical doctor. Among surgeons, he was the best of the best! And it’s safe to assume that Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Hank Pym (Ant-Man) paid their bills through plenty of government grants for groundbreaking science. In fact, when it comes down to it, the government pays for lots of the most exciting research in the MCU.

Soldier / Spy

Not only do governments pay for research, they also pay for soldiers and spies. It was super science that lead to the creation of the first super soldier, Captain America. Sure, he was purely an entertainer and model at the beginning, but he eventually grew to be more than that. He became a soldier. Russia paid for the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Yelena Belova for some time! Now America pays for them as spies for their part in any number of underground operations. Hawkeye, Falcon, Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau all collected checks for their service at one point in time too!


We know that a couple super heroes dedicate themselves to saving the day in more ways than one. Both She-Hulk and Daredevil are attorneys at law. They help protect the innocent and fight back against corruption in the systems that be. Their heroism extends beyond strong punches and moves all the way into strong speeches.


Some MCU heroes don’t have similar concepts of money as their Terran counterparts. It’s usually those heroes who have had most things taken care of. For example, what does a god like Thor need a paycheck for? As we saw in the brief short released after Marvel’s Civil War, Darryl seemed to pay the bills. Turns out, being Asgardian royalty takes care of everything.

In the comics, even more heroes have exciting professions. Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) is a world-renowned designer and Moon Knight worked as a taxi driver! There are lots of day jobs in the comics, and maybe we’ll see more in the upcoming MCU projects.

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