Actual Budget For The Avengers Revealed?

Despite reports of Marvel and Joss Whedon's highly-anticipated film The Avengers having an odd budget of around $170 million, recent reports indicate a much higher and plausible budget. Make the jump and check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/30/2011


A couple months ago, back in May, it was reported that Marvel Studios' Joss Whedon-directed ensemble film, The Avengers, would have an estimated budget of $170 million, spending about $30 million alone in Ohio, where production is currently underway. However, in a recent interview excerpt with the Cinematographer for the highly-anticiated film, Seamus McGarvey, via Fuji Film from International Exposure magazine, the budget listed seems more plausible.

Armagh-born McGarvey - currently in New Mexico shooting a $260m Marvel Comics' extravaganza, The Avengers - has come a long way for the kid who first got his film break when as a student at the local Christian Brothers school, he was given a Super 8 camera by an inspirational teacher.


Now, does $260,000,000 seem a bit more likely, compared to the budget of the studios' recent films - Iron Man 2 ($200m), Thor ($150m), and Captain America: TFA ($140m)? And for the sake of argument, $260m is only 10 million more than the budget for Warner Bros' much-anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises, which holds a $250 million budget. What do you think?

If this budget is in fact legit, Marvel's The Avengers will mark a place on the map of most expensive movie ever made, right below Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ($300m), leveled with Walt Disney's Tangled ($260m), & above Spider-Man 3 ($258m).


Marvel's The Avengers picks up when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. And Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Under Joss Whedon's direction, and with an ensemble cast including Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Clark Gregg (Agt. Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki) & Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig), with Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) rumored, it hits 5/4/12!

Source: Fuji Film
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Spidey91 - 7/30/2011, 3:57 PM
$260M? I hope it's true
JDUKE25 - 7/30/2011, 4:04 PM
Nice. And hopefully it's at least 2 1/2 hours long too. Otherwise it'll feel rushed with the amount of characters in it.
PaulRom - 7/30/2011, 4:05 PM
Much better. :D
Dynamo - 7/30/2011, 4:06 PM
Good. $170 million isn't nearly enough...
kylum616 - 7/30/2011, 4:07 PM
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :D
marvel72 - 7/30/2011, 4:09 PM
$260,000,000 f*ckin awesome.

ILM are doing the cgi this will definetly be marvels best film.
dickmastaflex - 7/30/2011, 4:12 PM
its there only movie of of 2012 they better put money into it,and make it long
EastcoastAvenger - 7/30/2011, 4:17 PM
$260 million for sure. Lots o' big names to pay before the film even reaches the FX house.
95 - 7/30/2011, 4:19 PM
Now that's more like it.

If I'm not mistaken, Avatar only had a $270M for production.

This must be huge, like Epic Space Battle huge.
TheSnuggler - 7/30/2011, 4:20 PM
"Now, doesn't $260,000,000,000 seem..."

That would make the budget $260 Billion, which isn't very likely.

$260,000,000*
farrah045 - 7/30/2011, 4:23 PM
thats fricking dope cant wait going to be epic.
ComicsCommando - 7/30/2011, 4:23 PM
That's what I'm talking about, Marvel.
JusticeForAll - 7/30/2011, 4:23 PM
Not that this isn't good news, but even if the budget really did turn out to be $170 million, it doesn't mean that it would be a bad movie. You guys are acting like you know how much money constitutes a good film. Keep in mind that Spider-Man 3 had a budget of $258 million, and that wasn't exactly a good-quality film...
warlock - 7/30/2011, 4:26 PM
wow im loving this. hope is true 260 million yaaayyyy money

jazzman - 7/30/2011, 4:27 PM
Iron Man 2 budget of $200m made sense cause of the success of the first Iron Man movie. the first Iron Man movie budget was only $140m.

JordanKing - 7/30/2011, 4:29 PM
Just for comparisons sake:

TDKR's budget is rumoured to be $250M (which was reported a while back).

Oh come on, the war was gonna start sooner or later ;)
jazzman - 7/30/2011, 4:29 PM
if the movie has $260m does not mean the movie is good.
batmanrises - 7/30/2011, 4:30 PM
260 BILLION dollars? Damn! It'll NEVER break even! :)
batmanrises - 7/30/2011, 4:31 PM
"Now, doesn't $260,000,000,000 seem a bit more plausible, compared to the budget of the studios' recent films - Iron Man 2 ($200m), Thor ($150m), and Captain America: TFA ($140m)? "
tazmaniak - 7/30/2011, 4:36 PM
I can't imagine they would spend that much money on the movie.Why would they need to?

Look at Transformers.The third film in the series, with returning actors and a director, as well as an a$$load of CG.And that movie cost $195M.

If their production budget is $260M and their marketing budget is anywhere around $50M+, they're looking at $310M.That's seems very unlikely if they're trying to make a profit.

I'm more inclined to believe $170M.$260M sounds a little ridiculous.
Spidey91 - 7/30/2011, 4:44 PM
@batmanrises
agh,I'm tired of all the DC/Batman fanboys in every single Marvel thread bashing The Avengers or Spiderman and sucking Batman's d*ck (no pun intended)
UncleDrew - 7/30/2011, 4:44 PM
I just want this movie to be good
jazzman - 7/30/2011, 4:50 PM
@tazmaniak

thats so true. i dont think a film studio would give all that money to Joss Whedon its his first real major movie.
Bluestreak - 7/30/2011, 4:50 PM
Why are so many of you equating more expensive with better? How did that work out for Green Lantern. MArvel has proven very clever in not letting their budgets run out of control which has sunk many many movies
ThreeBigTacos - 7/30/2011, 4:55 PM
well that would explain the budget for NASA
ScionStorm - 7/30/2011, 4:57 PM
260 means it has a better chance to do more, have more, and be more. Doesn't always translate to being good but I truly hope it does. This is great news. :)
Bandrews1 - 7/30/2011, 5:00 PM
Cool.
cable23 - 7/30/2011, 5:01 PM
@FastCat Yes all fanboys go to their opposite publisher articles and start shit. But if one does it does not make it right.
thewolfx - 7/30/2011, 5:04 PM
marvel is kickin ass , dc better get there heads out of there asses
Spidey91 - 7/30/2011, 5:08 PM
@FastCat
I'm not defending MARVEL fanboys,and you're right,they do the same thing.I'm just saying that if the topic is "The Avengers,talk about the Avengers,if the topic is Batman,talk about the goddamn Batman,there's no need to mix them up (unless the topic requires it),is that much to ask?
cable23 - 7/30/2011, 5:11 PM
@Spidey91 Beleive it or not but it is for a lot of people on this site.
cable23 - 7/30/2011, 5:12 PM
@theAstonoshingCyclops Did you really just type that on your computer. Thor was excellent and the Avengers is on its way to be the CBM of all time.
BooYah - 7/30/2011, 5:24 PM
This seems appropriate for the situation...
ClarkFarley2012 - 7/30/2011, 5:31 PM
Big $$ for a big film. This is going to be EPIC.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/30/2011, 5:34 PM
Damn Joss got a big ass budget
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 7/30/2011, 5:35 PM
@theAstonoshingCyclops I'm sorry did you just say Thor sucked and that the Avengers will suck, you've got some serious problems
batmanrises - 7/30/2011, 5:49 PM
Spidey91 - You sir, are stupid. I wasn't trashing Marvel I was making a joke about the article originally putting the budget at $260,000,000,000. Now go to your corner little boy, it's nap time.
Spidey91 - 7/30/2011, 5:55 PM
@batmanrises
I made a mistake.I humbly apologize
batmanrises - 7/30/2011, 5:57 PM
"I'm just saying that if the topic is "The Avengers,talk about the Avengers,if the topic is Batman,talk about the goddamn Batman,there's no need to mix them up (unless the topic requires it),is that much to ask? "

Wow you really are stupid! Lol....How did I go off topic and talk about Batman. Are you confused because my username is BatmanRises?
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