By Stephen Ippolito | June 28th, 2020
When it was announced that Marvel Studios was going to produce shows for Disney+, one of the biggest questions fans had was how big the budget would be compared to their films? MCU films are not cheap to make, after paying stars, filming and adding effects, they are some of the most expensive in Hollywood. Avengers: Endgame, for example, cost around $350 Million to make.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier, the first MCU series to hit the streamer, is expected to cost around $150 Million. For a six-episode series ($25 Million an episode), that would make it one of the most expensive shows in history. Still, it’s not as much as even the lesser-known MCU films, like Ant-Man and The Wasp ($160 Million).
In a recent interview with Variety, Anthony Mackie, one of the show’s co-stars, assured fans that the show will feel exactly like the films they have come to love.
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” he said. “Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’ The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.”
It’s good to hear that the shows will not have that much of a difference in terms of quality compared to the films. One of the things that always drew me away from Netflix’s Marvel shows like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, was the budget. Those shows cost under $4 Million per episode to make. Because of it, I always felt that the action scenes suffered as they felt cheesy and were less entertaining. Thankfully that will not be the case with these shows.
At the moment, The Falcon and Winter Soldier is still scheduled to hit the streamer in August. But after production was shut down in March with about two weeks left in shooting, it could be pushed back to accommodate filming and post-production.