I think it goes without saying that Black Panther has a sizable budget. Ever since The Avengers blew the lid off Hollywood (and after Ike Perlmutter was launched from Marvel Studios), they’ve been able to get away with larger-than-normal budgets. In fact, you can probably (at least partially) blame them for the increase in budgets in theatrical releases.
However, that’s not to say Marvel Studios is unreasonable with their budgets. The budgets aren’t needlessly big, but are made to match the material of the subject matter. But we’re not here to talk about cheap movies, because if you’ve watched the trailers for this weekend’s Black Panther, it’s not unreasonable to notice that the budget for this one skews towards the more expensive side of things.
Speaking with Vulture, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige gave us an idea of just how much it cost.
“I hope you can tell from watching the movie, but the resources devoted to this movie are equal to and in fact surpass our last couple of movies. It’s a big story that deserves to be told in a big way, for all of the cultural and political reasons that people talk about, but also because it’s such a key corner of our Marvel universe, and has been for decades and decades. We wanted to do it justice, and we have a studio with Disney, and leaders with Alan Horn and Bob Iger, who supported us a hundred percent.”
Okay, so it’s more expensive than our past couple movies. We can likely read that as “more expensive than Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.” Those have budgets of $175 million and $180 million, respectively. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had $200 million. Since Feige pretty much ruled that one out, we can infer that Black Panther has a budget of around $190 million. That’s a lot of cheese.
Black Panther hits theaters this Thursday!
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