Hollywood has stunned us from time to time, creating gigantuous budget films. Sometimes it feels like the producers are in the rat race of making the most expensive movie. A decade ago, movies like Vanilla Sky, I Am Legend, or Matrix Reloaded claimed the title of making the most expensive scenes in the film industry.
But since 2008, we, the movie lovers, got to see a new saga – The Avengers. The Russo brothers, who are the brain behind the behemoth of a project orchestrated a strategic film series containing 21 movies. Believe it or not, the film series earned about $22.585 billion to this day! Indeed, they had to spend a lot too. The overall budget for the film lies somewhere between $4.473 to $4.582 billion.
Okay, we are kind of sure that one of these movies had to have the most expensive scene of all time. And yes, it’s probably right!
We are probably saying as no one knows the actual cost of the scene. The glorified title of most the most expensive scene ever is the funeral scene of Tony Stark from Avengers: Endgame.
Being a superhero film series, you might have thought that the final fight scene against Thanos would be the costly one. But no! It was the funeral scene of Tony Stark – the directors, Russo brothers, believe so.
As the popularity of the film series rose, so did the salaries of the cast and crew. By the time they were shooting the final one (except Spiderman: Far From Home), the salaries of the cast had skyrocketed. The production cost of Avenger: Endgame $356 million, and the salaries of the cast gobbled up a huge chunk. The producers never disclosed the actual numbers, but the directors gave a hint.
While attending the Comic-Con, the Russos and others have cleared that the most expensive scene in the franchise is more about the salaries rather than the CGI. All of the stars clustered together in one shot paying homage to the fallen hero.
Joe Russo explains, “We used to joke, and I don’t know if it’s joking… It’s probably the most expensive shot in movie history. That’s a lot of salary on the screen there. At the very least, it’s the most expensive day of extras in movie history, outside of Cleopatra.”
As the actors have time to time gave away the “precious spoilers” during interviews, especially Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, they kept the actors in the dark about the scene. In fact, they were told that they were shooting a wedding scene.
“They were all brought there under this pretense that they were coming for a wedding — it’s kind of heartbreaking to think about now — but they all have managers, and agents, and hair and make up, and we can’t tell anybody what we’re up to, because it can leak through one of a thousand sources,” Joe added, “So they were all brought there under the pretense that they’re coming for a wedding, and the day they got there, and we started to dress them in the black outfits, they said, ‘This is a very strange wedding.’ We said, ‘It’s because it’s actually a funeral.”
However, Avengers: Endgame doesn’t hold the title of making the most expensive movie ever. That credit goes to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It had an enormous budget of $379 million.