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Avengers 3 & 4 Budget May Cost Marvel Studios $1 Billion

March 4, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War is set to become the most expensive movie ever made, according to a report from The Atlanta Business Chronicle.

 

With studio tentpoles becoming bigger and more extravagant, the budgets for Marvel’s Avengers movies are going through the roof. Once upon a time, a movie costing $100 million was considered a big deal. In 2007 when Titanic‘s budget topped $200 million, folks thought things were maybe getting out-of-hand. Nowadays $200 million is nothing for a big studio movie, and it’s not unheard-of for a film to top the $300 million mark. However, it might still stun you to know both the third and fourth Avengers film in the realm of passing the 1 billion mark.

Way back in October of 2015, it was reported that Marvel had put aside a whopping $1 billion production budget for the then-titled Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Part II, and now some comments from Pinewood Studios appears to have corroborated that astronomical figure.

“We now have on the lot down there now the largest film production ever with a $1 billion budget,” said Chick-fil-A CEO and Pinewood Atlanta Studios co-owner Dan Cathy. Though he could not name the production, Cathy is almost certainly talking about Avengers: Infinity War, which is filming at Pinewood.

One would have to assume that Cathy is referring to both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4, seeing as both are shooting back-to-back. Nevertheless, even with a $500 million budget apiece, that shattered the previous record for the most expensive movie ever made – Avatar, which in 2009 cost a reported $425 million. To give some perspective, Marvel’s first Avengers film in 2012 cost a reported $220 million, while Age of Ultron cost $250 million. So if Dan Cathy’s numbers are accurate, each of the next two Avengers films will by itself cost more than the first two Avengers movies put together. The Marvel movies have come a long way since 2008 when the first Iron Man film cost a “mere” $140 million.

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