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How Much Do Extras Make in Marvel Movies?

When it comes to Marvel movies, the attention is usually on the main characters – the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and so on. But what about the extras?

The background actors who fill out scenes and make the Marvel Universe feel alive? How much do they make?

What Are Extras?

Before we dive into their paychecks, let’s define what we mean by “extras.” In film and television, extras are actors who appear in a scene but do not have speaking roles.

They may be bystanders in a crowded street or patrons at a restaurant. Extras can be union or non-union, depending on whether they are members of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) or not.

How Much Do Extras Make?

The pay rate for extras varies depending on several factors. Union extras typically earn more than non-union extras.

According to SAG-AFTRA, the minimum daily rate for an extra is $174 as of 2021. However, this rate can go up depending on several factors such as:

  • The type of project: A major motion picture will likely pay more than an independent film.
  • The location: Being an extra in New York City may pay more than being an extra in a smaller town.
  • The length of the shoot: An extra who works for multiple days may receive a higher rate.

It’s also worth noting that some extras may receive additional pay if they perform stunts or have to wear special costumes that require more time and effort to put on.

What About Marvel Movies?

So how much do extras in Marvel movies make? It’s difficult to give a definitive answer since every movie is different and has its own budget. However, we can look at some examples to get an idea.

When “Avengers: Endgame” was filming in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017, background actors were reportedly paid $75 for eight hours of work. That’s significantly less than the SAG-AFTRA minimum, but it’s important to remember that not all extras are unionized.

In contrast, when “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was filming in Atlanta a year earlier, extras were paid $150 for eight hours of work. This is closer to the SAG-AFTRA minimum and may reflect the fact that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was a bigger production with more resources.


While we can’t say for sure how much extras make in Marvel movies, we do know that their pay varies depending on several factors such as location, type of project, and length of shoot. If you’re interested in becoming an extra yourself, it’s worth researching the requirements for joining SAG-AFTRA and keeping an eye out for casting calls in your area.

Who knows? You could end up being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!