Marvel is apparently so sure of the success of Avengers: Infinity War that it’s willing to set a budget of $1 billion—with a B—for the two-part movie. That’s according to “very well sourced comic book film insiders,” via Bleeding Cool. And, no, it’s not the plot to an Austin Powers reboot, though I completely agree that it sounds absolutely ridiculous.
These well sourced insiders are reportedly sneaking around the halls of New York Comic Con, which is taking place through the weekend. Even crazier? Of the $1 billion, $400 million is being set aside for the actors, directors, screenwriters and producers; and Robert Downey Jr. apparently gets half of the actor budget because of his status within Marvel and his ability to draw a crowd. Hope none of the other Avengers are jealous.
By the time Infinity War comes around, we could have a seriously packed movie, with everyone from Captain America, Spider-Man, to Black Panther and Captain Marvel. The Infinity War storyline is one of the biggest in Marvel history, so it’s no surprise to hear Marvel is already discussing an immense budget for the film. Let’s just hope we don’t run into any comic book movie burnout by then, because there are a lot of them coming over the next few years.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige has already briefly discussed Infinity War, revealing there’s no script or plot yet, though a general outline is apparently floating around. With a budget of $1 billion set, the pressure is certainly on to make this the most epic two-parter Hollywood has ever seen.
This could just be a huge joke, but considering how important the conclusion will be to Phase 3, and the actors involved, $1 billion might actually be low. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 comes out on May 4, 2018, while Part 2 is set for May 3, 2019.