Apparently $160 Million is Not Enough to Make Joss Whedon’s The Avengers

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$160 million or thereabouts, anyway.

Rumors are running rampant that Marvel Studios, as they are wont to do, is trying to curb cost on Whedon’s upcoming “The Avengers” even before the film starts shooting by limiting the budget to around $160 million (according to I09). That, says some insiders, isn’t nearly enough to make the movie, and as a result, there have been “delays” in the pre-production of the first-ever big-budget comic book superhero team movie.

Some people say it can’t be done. Others say it can be done – even if then, in certain well heeled Los Angeles bars, they assure each other that it can’t. And while some people have walked off the project, others are planning a longer game. Basically do the work, then when they run out of budget (which they believe they will) trust that Marvel Studios and their investors will pony up the extra necessary cash rather than leave the movie unfinished.

Only in Hollywood would $160 million not be “enough” to make a movie. Meanwhile, you give the South Koreans or Japanese $160 million, and they would probably hand you back 4 “Avengers”-sized movies. Or hell, Whedon could probably give you 10 “Firefly” movies with that much money.

Personally, I think this is all very silly. My guess is, Marvel just wants Whedon to know that he’s not working with an unlimited budget, but when push comes to shove, they will of course sign over more bucks to finish the movie. “The Avengers” is a sure-fire mega hit that will launch not just a franchise, but franchises. You don’t turn your back on that just to save, what, $50 extra million? Hell, this movie might make that on first-week DVD sales alone.

So I wouldn’t worry, kids. The Avengers will assemble as expected in 2012.

Joss Whedon, right, fantasizing about how many Firefly movies he could make with $160 million...

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  • Juggernaut

    Give the man whatever it takes! This is the Avengers! The Hulk needs to Smash a lot of stuff. Ironman needs new gear. They could probably save a few bucks by reducing Black Widow’s uniform… but other than that this film needs to be bigger and better than any other action movie. If he asks for 100 billion dollars give it to him. No matter how much it is the studio will make its money back.

  • Mysterion

    I have a disturbing feeling this movie is gonna suck. Do to the shakey nature of previous marvel movies. They had some ups, I like both Iron man movies and the incredible Hulk. I’m actually even looking forward to the new Thor movie coming out. But they’ve had alot of downs to, such as the X-men trilogy, Daredevil, Fantastic four (god those were terrible), and my most hated of all… The spiderman trilogy. I despise whoever made those movies. They destroyed spider man, one of my most favorite marvel heroes. That being said I have low expectations for this movie and aren’t getting my hopes up that it’ll be any good. So take your 160 million and deal with it. If you can’t make a decent Avengers movie out of that then don’t even attempt to make it at all.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Those were all done by outside companies. Marvel is running this so it’ll be fine.

  • Mysterion

    I have a disturbing feeling this movie is gonna suck. Do to the shakey nature of previous marvel movies. They had some ups, I like both Iron man movies and the incredible Hulk. I’m actually even looking forward to the new Thor movie coming out. But they’ve had alot of downs to, such as the X-men trilogy, Daredevil, Fantastic four (god those were terrible), and my most hated of all… The spiderman trilogy. I despise whoever made those movies. They destroyed spider man, one of my most favorite marvel heroes. That being said I have low expectations for this movie and aren’t getting my hopes up that it’ll be any good. So take your 160 million and deal with it. If you can’t make a decent Avengers movie out of that then don’t even attempt to make it at all.

  • Mysterion

    I have a disturbing feeling this movie is gonna suck. Do to the shakey nature of previous marvel movies. They had some ups, I like both Iron man movies and the incredible Hulk. I’m actually even looking forward to the new Thor movie coming out. But they’ve had alot of downs to, such as the X-men trilogy, Daredevil, Fantastic four (god those were terrible), and my most hated of all… The spiderman trilogy. I despise whoever made those movies. They destroyed spider man, one of my most favorite marvel heroes. That being said I have low expectations for this movie and aren’t getting my hopes up that it’ll be any good. So take your 160 million and deal with it. If you can’t make a decent Avengers movie out of that then don’t even attempt to make it at all.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    The man may be right. Think about how much it costs for each Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk to be made, as well as what’s going into Cap and Thor right now. Putting them all in one movie means alot of cash. Cutting corners isn’t gonna get the same polish as the idvidual films.

  • Cracklackin

    I think part of the idea behind making the individual movies before the big Avengers movie is that a lot of the concept, sets, CGI and costumes are either already thought up or created. This saves a TON of money in production dollars. Of course there is a lot to be created out of scratch, but the fact there will already be a lot there is a big help on budget.

  • Thorboy

    I’ll give Whedon my parents if that could help him making the Avengers, but, anyway, I know these are problems that will never affect the final product. “The Avengers” is THE comic book movie “par excellence”, it will change the world of comic book movies and there will never be a director who will start a project about comics without seeing this movie first after 2012. So, I quote Juggernaut. Give him 100 billion dollars and stop complaining about it.