Today's article started as a movie review of Marvel's newest movie 'Ant-Man.' I was going to discuss the idea that maybe the movie didn't come off as epic because it was being compared to other Marvel properties like 'Avengers,' or 'Spider-man'. I also thought, maybe it had something to do with budgeting issues. The film didn't seem to have the budget that some of the other Marvel properties boasted. But after doing some research, I came to a startling discovery. Ant-man's budget is right on par with plenty of other Marvel films. With that in mind, lets take a look at a selection of Marvel films and their budgets.
Howard The Duck 30-40 Million
This is one of Marvel's oldest movies released in 1986 that boasts a relatively 'meager' 30-40 million dollar budget, It still holds a level of old school epicness that can't be matched. 'Howard The Duck' is a movie that I would still watch today over and over again. But would it compete in todays market with todays standards in Marvel action movies? I think so, but the reason for that has much more to do with pushing the envelope and direction than CGI and explosions. AND I LOVE MY EXPLOTIONS!!
The Wolverine 120 Million
'The Wolverine,' I thought was a good movie. But with a 120 million dollar budget it was getting more on par with the level of funds movie studios put out these days to make blockbusters. The Wolverine definitely didn't blow any doors off. It was a solid movie, with lots of action. It definitely made full use of its 120 Mil budget.
Ant-Man 130 Million
'Ant-Man', the reason I began writing this article. I wondered about the 130 Million dollar budget. Not that it was a bad movie, it just wasn't on the level of others in the MCU. With that being said, you have to take in to consideration that maybe Ant-man wasn't suppose to be on that level. Maybe director Peyton Reed and Marvel wanted to focus more on the story of Scott Lang and not mask it with explosions and CGI (Which there was plenty of). It just wasn't on the level of others in the MCU. I will say, even though it seems as if I'm hating on this movie I actually enjoyed it. I tend to find Paul Rudd's style of comedy funny.
Spider-man 139 Million
Here we are again, back to full epic-ness. This movie had a budget not much more than 'Ant-man.' Yet for many reasons it might be considered one of Marvel's greatest movies. It was released back in 2002, and was one of the first of it's kind, kicking off the MCU and the onslaught of super hero movies, it still was more than just explosions, there was a story filled with heart behind all the action.
The Avengers 220 Million
I guess we should throw in The Avengers for good measure. Just to get a look at the top end. You could argue that its success was attributed to budget, good actors and a good director.. I say that it was a mix of all that, but more than that, it was a movie that set the standard for all modern day hero movies. The bar was set high with 'The Avengers' and many movies after have been compared. Even its own sequel, which in my opinion paled in comparison. In the end, I don't think the success of a movie has to deal with budget. I truly think that the directors and actors have to find ways to push the boundaries and set the bar higher and higher each time, based on the era they are in. Thats what makes a movie like 'Howard the Duck' or 'The Matrix' withstand the test of time.