ThinkMoney has crunched the numbers and, after watching every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and comparing it to the box office, have determined the most valuable member of the MCU in terms of world wide box office appeal.
The process was done by watching all the Marvel films and recording the screen time of each character present on screen. They calculated a total of 234 MCU characters this process. The study analyzed how much total screen time every character has in the 44 hours and 6 minutes of the MCU.
In terms of screen time in the overall MCU, Tony Stark easily appears the most he gets 5 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds of screentime in the MCU. He is followed by Steve Rogers (3 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds), Thor (3 hours, 4 minutes and 15 seconds), Bruce Banner (2 hours, 1 minute and 15 seconds), Scott Lang (1 hour, 38 minutes and 30 seconds) and Black Widow (1 hour, 34 minutes and 30 seconds).
Next, they calculated how much screen time each character had in their individual films, dividing that percentage into the worldwide box office of each of their films. This is where things get tricky. The MCU has grossed a total of $18,540,374,625. There are 21 films, each grossing a different percentage of that total.
First, they calculated the total amount of money earned by each character when compared to screen time. The total highest is Iron Man, who brought in $2,432,525,609.55. He is followed by Captain America ($1,403,350,929.42), Thor ($1,259,689,111.78), Hulk ($804,729,409.89), Black Widow ($785,838,977.55) and Spider-Man ($670,218,849.15).
They then calculated how much money Thanos snapped away, based on the potential amount of money earned thus far by screen time. Spider-Man ranked on top, followed by Peter Quill ($665,450,995), Gamora ($624,674,836), Black Panther ($620,273,393), Doctor Strange ($606,547,537) and Nick Fury ($559,798,558).
But the next process will be the most controversial. How much money did each Avenger earn on average for the MCU per minute on screen? This required calculating which films the Avengers appeared in, how much that film made, what percentage of the film that Avenger appeared in that film, averaged with the other film appearance averages that character had throughout the MCU.
They concluded the most valuable Avenger was Vision, who earns $10,890,274 for every minute collectively on screen. He is followed by Black Panther's Okoye ($10,716,074), Scarlet Witch ($10,245,125), Shuri ($10,243,060) and T'Challa ($9,845,609). Scott Lang is the least valuable Avenger at a mere $4,985,299.
On the villain's side, to no one's surprise, Thanos remains the most valuable villain, bringing in $13,695,278. He is followed by Killmonger ($10,061,629), Klaue ($10,031,055), Ultron ($9,950,454) and Aldrich Killian ($9,349,171). Last place in the ranking went to Abomination ($2,371,195).
Of the original six Avengers, the most valuable are as follows: Hawkeye at $9,831,139, Black Widow at $8,315,756, Iron Man at $7,542,715, Thor at $6,836847, Hulk at $6,636,944 and, finally, Captain America at $6,596,244.
Some might be a little confused by this, as Iron Man and Captain America films seem to make a ton of money. However, these characters all appeared in Phase 1 films as well, which brought their averages down. That's the reason characters like Captain Marvel's Yon-Rogg are statistically more valuable than Iron Man.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26, 2019.