‘Avengers: Infinity War’ & Sequel May Have $1 Billion Budget

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Marvel Studios is looking to either go big or go home with Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, as a report has just come in stating that the two films are easily going to be the most expensive in history with a collective production budget of a billion dollars. (Yes, you read that correctly)

Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Dan Cathy – co-owner of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and CEO of Chick-fil-A – has claimed that Pinewood is hosting a film project that’s insanely expensive. His official statement is as follows:

“We now have on the lot down there now the largest film production ever with a $1 billion budget.”

Cathy didn’t specify what this “mystery” movie was, and studio agreements more or less kept him from spilling the beans that it was Avengers: Infinity War. It’s not hard to put two and two together here, since nothing else of that scale is being filmed at Pinewood right now. From the beginning, it was clear that Infinity War was going to be the most ambitious superhero movies ever. But now, it’s sounding as though the duology of films will comprise the most ambitious film production in history. James Cameron’s Avatar, the previous movie to that could remotely be comparable in terms of scope and scale, had an estimated (though not officially reported) production budget of $425 million. Let that sink in for a moment – the next two Avengers movies will individually cost more than the movie that Twentieth Century Fox investors were initially worried was so expensive that it could have tanked their company.

Surprisingly enough, this is not actually the first time that we’ve heard this rumor. Bleeding Cool previously broke this story all the way back in October 2015 – and if their report is indeed indicative of how the massive budget is still being spent, then $400 million of that total is going to the screenwriters, producers, directors, and cast of the two movies. Of the portion of that budget reserved for the cast, Robert Downey Junior will get half. In all likelihood, Marvel Studios will likely find a way to write-off tens – or possibly hundreds – of millions of dollars through tax incentives. It’s also not hard to imagine that the licensing will help manage this titanic budget, as it’s likely the movies will have an absurd level of licensed tie-in goods that we haven’t truly seen since the days of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, to the point where the movie may actually break even (or even profit a little) before a single seat has been filled in the theater.

As it stands, Marvel currently has a strong enough track record that betting against them would be unwise – even if these two movies somehow manage to lose money when all is said and done, the continued success of their other brands will allow them to cover for potential losses. But really, who are we kidding here? It’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe – it’s going to pay for itself at this point.

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle & Bleeding Cool

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Darthmanwe

    Okay… WHAT.

    Hollywood overspending is spiraling out of control. 500M per movie?! Even BVS topped out around 350M ffs, what the what is going on?!

    • Brownstones19

      BvS was maybe 350……….if marketing was included, so the production itself was probably around the standard 250 range.

      but this…….this….is just ridiculous.

      • Axxell

        It definitely sounds insane, but it makes sense if we’re talking about filming 2 Avengers movies back to back, Avengers movies that include almost the entire cast of every major movie they’ve ever made so far.

        • Darthmanwe

          Still… 500M per movie.

          That’s BAD. With a capital B-A-D.

          Because this will hurt consumers. To make up for this spending, disney will ask bigger shares from ticket sales, multiplexes will again drive the prices up to make up for that lost share, and this vicious cycle will continue.

          The one that ends up getting hurt by this hollywood overspending is consumers.

  • Radar Technician Matt

    Let me guess, 99% of the movie is green screen and Robert Downey Jr. will get payed 300M$? Makes sense.

  • Peter James

    >>>”Cameron’s Avatar, the previous movie to that could remotely be comparable in terms of scope and scale, had an estimated (though not officially reported) production budget of $425 million. Let that sink in for a moment – the next two Avengers movies will individually cost more than the movie that Twentieth Century Fox investors were initially worried was so expensive that it could have tanked their company.”

    It’s worth noting that Avatar which was released in 2009, and had been in production for the prior 5-7 years (including pre-production), would probably still be more expensive TODAY, if you adjust that (reported) $425Million production budget from 10-12 years ago, for inflation to today’s currency value.

  • SAMURAI36

    Wow, a $1B budget? So they are expecting a $2B a piece return?

    • Axxell

      Yup. Prepare your anüs…

  • Axxell

    This movie is already breaking records and it’s not even done! I feel sorry for the other studios…

  • Ruben C Barron

    Well, considering Spider-man merchandise makes more than $1 billion per year by itself, the fact they raised their tickets prices at their amusement parks, the increased demands they’ll have for those tickets by the time the 2nd film releases following the opening of Star Wars land, and the billions they make everywhere else in addition to record level movie revenue, this isn’t really that much of a risk for them.