This MCU Movie Was the Most Expensive to Make (And Wasn’t Worth It)
This film is considered the worst MCU project to date, despite the huge budget.
Marvel knows that making a blockbuster is not cheap. The price of making a hit movie continues to rise – CGI is getting more expensive, actors are getting paid more, and a lot of money is being spent on the overall production of the movie.
If you ever wondered which Marvel movie cost the most money to make, the answer will surprise you. No, it is not Avengers: Endgame and not even Black Panther. The most expensive MCU movie to date is Avengers: Age of Ultron, which cost $365 million to make.
However, big budget does not mean high quality and many fans agree that Age of Ultron is the worst Marvel movie.
Age of Ultron was also the most commercially unsuccessful of all the other Avengers movies, grossing $1.4 billion, while all the other installments grossed over $1.5 billion. For comparison, Avengers: Endgame approached 3 billion, grossing $2.8 billion at the worldwide box office.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was the second MCU crossover that brought all the major superheroes together and took them to an international level. Now the Avengers were not only protecting the US, but the whole world.
Ultron, the main enemy, has become one of the most complex characters of Marvel, and this is the main problem of the sequel. It took years and dozens of stories for the comic books to reveal this villain. It was simply impossible to fit all of his depth into one movie.
As a result, Ultron unfortunately turned out to be another faceless villain of the MCU, with the only difference being that it took more heroes to destroy him.
Another flaw of this movie was its ending. We were introduced to the new Avengers team assembled by Captain America, but we never saw them in action, aside from a brief five-minute introductory scene in Captain America: Civil War.
The next time the heroes appeared together, they got mixed up and ended up on opposite sides of the barricades, making the finale of Age of Ultron pointless. Why introduce a team that the audience has never seen in action?
Already after the premiere of the movie, it became clear that the studio was interfering with the work of director and screenwriter Joss Whedon, which eventually forced Whedon to leave the MCU.