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Budget issues could delay The Avengers

Of the many big tent-poles for 2012, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is one of the most anticipated. Not only does it have an all-star cast of actors, but it will also put many of Marvel’s important characters under one roof. With a roster of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Captain America (Chris Evans), you would think Marvel would automatically give the film a huge budget.

However, Bleeding Cool gets word the issue of the film’s budget hasn’t been solved yet, and could delay they film for weeks, may be months. “Certain people”are that Marvel wants to keep the budget to around the same amount that Sam Raimi had with Spider-Man back in 2002, which came to around $140 million. Marvel Studios hasn’t been shy about being tight about money, and was a problem for Jon Favreau after Iron Man.  Of course, it’s understandable as Marvel has a lot invested in The Avengers, and putting all those characters could be a huge risk. Marvel may be nervous about investing soo much money with director Joss Whedon after his previous feature film, Serenity, tanked at the box-office.

There’s appears to be some doubt within the studio The Avengers can be made with that sort of budget, and some have already bailed out already. Some are still attached to the project including our the main cast, but that could change if production doesn’t continue as scheduled next February. However, with Disney backing Marvel, it’s amazing they couldn’t lend the studio more money for the film. Marvel already has many projects lined-up after, and is counting on The Avengers to be a hit.

The Avengers is still currently scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

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