Do the Avengers get a salary or not? Marvel’s first Phase 4 entries, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, don’t seem to agree.
Marvel’s initial Phase 4 entries, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, don’t seem to agree whether or not the Avengers get a salary. WandaVision, the first Disney+ show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, premiered in January on the streaming service. It was then quickly followed up by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March. Though both shows are ushering in the new phase of Marvel, it seems they don’t quite see eye-to-eye on one particular issue.
Last December, at Disney’s Investor Day, Marvel boss Kevin Feige touted an “immersive” MCU experience, carrying integrated storylines across both movies and Disney+ shows. In addition to WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, several new shows will help bring this immersive experience to life. Loki, What If …?, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel are all slated for release in 2021. Other shows, such as Ironheart, Armor Wars, and Secret Invasion, have yet to be given official release dates.
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Despite promoting integrated storylines, an inconsistency between Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision is already popping up. Early on in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Disney+ series establishes that the Avengers don’t get a salary. In the premiere episode, Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson is embarrassingly denied a bank loan. When asked by a bank employee if the Avengers get paid or if there’s a fund to support them, Wilson says, “It doesn’t really work like that.” WandaVision, however, seems to take a different approach. In episode 8 of the show, “Previously On,” it’s revealed that Vision bought a plot of land in New Jersey where he and Wanda could grow old together.
WandaVision director Matt Shakman later said in an interview (via HuffPost) that he believed Vision could afford the land because the Avengers got a salary or a stipend. When asked about Vision’s financial status, Shakman stated: “I don’t think he plucks off a piece of his Vibranium and sells it for some Bitcoin and then buys it. I don’t know how it works. But yeah, I assume there’s a salary involved.” Considering how important it is in Falcon and the Winter Soldier that the Avengers don’t get paid, this is a fairly large discrepancy. It’s also interesting that Shakman shot down the idea of Vision selling his Vibranium for Bitcoin. Actually, that would make sense if the Avengers weren’t getting paid. How else is someone with no credit history and social security number supposed to buy their forever home in the pricey New Jersey real estate market?
Also, episode 3 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier establishes that Bitcoin does exist in the MCU when a Bitcoin bounty is placed on Bucky, Sam, and Zemo after the gangster Selby is killed in Madripoor. So, sans salary, it would’ve been a convenient excuse. The fact that the Avengers don’t get paid also seems to go against what’s been previously established in the MCU. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Stark offers Peter Parker a spot on the team with a room at the Avengers Compound next to Vision’s quarters. This doesn’t establish any sort of pay structure, but Stark is definitely treating a spot on the Avengers like a job.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer Malcolm Spellman said he received extensive notes about how the Avengers make a living when he pitched the loan story. So clearly, Marvel has thought about it. While it doesn’t seem to make sense that Vision can afford land in WandaVision and Falcon is asked to fend for himself in his Disney+ show, the MCU has plenty of opportunities to explain the situation in its other upcoming series. For now, it remains a costly plot hole.
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