Marvel Studios Plans to Scale Down Their Films

It seems the company plans to make smaller-budgeted films based on lower-tier characters in their lineup.

Marvel Studios plans to make smaller-budgeted films
Marvel Studios plans to make smaller-budgeted films
While Marvel Studios has several big-budget comic book adaptations heading to theaters in the next few years such as Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, it seems the studio is also looking to make smaller films as well. CHUD is reporting that Marvel is seeking to make films with much smaller budgets, reportedly in the $20 million to $40 million range.

It was said that the studio is planning on making films based on several of the lesser characters in their comic book canon, with such titles as Doctor Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler and Power Pack being a few of the titles mentioned for this new line of films. Here's an excerpt from the site's article.

In a lot of ways this is revolutionary. While superhero movies such as Kick-Ass have been made at a lower price point, the big studio system seems unable to keep costs down (Marvel has been just as guilty of this, by the way. Their films were supposed to be cheaper originally). This plan allows Marvel much more flexibility; a 100 million dollar Dazzler movie makes no sense, but one budgeted at 25 million - done right - could be a moneymaker. And at a lower budget these movies don't need to be quite so mainstream. A 20 million dollar film can take much bigger risks than one that costs a hundred million more than that.

It wasn't revealed which character would be the first of these smaller-budget films, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we have more information.

Sources: CHUD

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Comments (36)

  1. Papa_Panda

    @lycan WTF! That sounds awful!

    @123kid And Cena should only be in movies that go straight to DVD.

    5 years agoby @papa-pandaFlag

  2. Lycan

    For real 123kid Cena cant act worth a sh*t. sure the person playing the Cap doesn't have to be the best actor but im sure people want to see a good captain america movie, not one that looks like it was made by "The Asylum"

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  3. Emmytt

    @123kid what the f*ck?

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  4. 123kid

    why don't they leave these movies alone at least keep the same actors in the movies, and when are they going to put 1970's show of spiderman on dvd. I also think john cena should be Captain America.

    5 years agoby @123kidFlag

  5. The Dark Knight

    Disney's NEW Marvel
    this may be good but not for the bigger characters. This may give a chance for filmmakers to be more crafty with their movies unlike X-Men Origins Wolverine which was cheesier than hell and make movies on quality other than quantity

    5 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  6. Lycan

    @papa-panda this is what wikipedia has to say about Dazzler

    "A mutant with the ability to convert sound vibrations into light and energy beams, Dazzler was originally developed as a cross-promotional, multi-media creation between Casablanca Records and Marvel Comics until the tie-ins were dropped in 1980. The character was created by a committee of Marvel staff, principally writer/editor Tom DeFalco and illustrator John Romita, Jr.

    Despite the fact that Dazzler was originally commissioned as a disco singer, the character shifted to other musical genres, including rock and adult contemporary. She starred in a self-titled solo series in the early 1980s which lasted 42 issues, a Marvel Graphic Novel titled Dazzler: The Movie, a 4 issue limited-series co-starring Hank "The Beast" McCoy titled Beauty and The Beast, and later joined the cast of the X-Men. She was briefly a member of the spin-off group Excalibur but has since re-joined the X-Men."

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  7. Lycan

    i'm sure Beyonce has a profile, f*cking stupid. What kind jackass leaves comments like that

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  8. internetwin

    Whatevs. I'm guessing no big explosions in the deadpool movie?

    5 years agoby @internetwinFlag

  9. Jimthar

    thats cool. i guess it's time for some of the lesser known heroes to get their due. i dont see a problem with this.

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  10. Lycan

    Who would play luke Cage? the only person big enough in my mind to play him is Terry Crews

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  11. Papa_Panda

    I'm sorry I don't know who Dazzler is. Sounds like the name of a stripper. If that's the case I'll see it.

    5 years agoby @papa-pandaFlag

  12. GreatOz

    Now is the time to do Howard The Duck...the right way!!!!

    5 years agoby @greatozFlag

  13. jameslev

    nah not columbus short, chiwetel ejiofor for goliath, and do a luke cage one too definately, doctor strange should be higher budgeted though

    5 years agoby @jameslevFlag

  14. jameslev

    djimon hounsou as the black panther, columbus short as goliath

    5 years agoby @jameslevFlag


    oh and you know what MARVEL do more animated Marvel flicks but use the time that did the Final Fantasy Advent Children and look at how DC is doing there animated line, cause you f*cks drop a huge ball on the hulk war world, that was pure sh*t art work and you f*cked up the story.

    DC's animated line is for the fans, you guys need to start doing things for the fans

    5 years agoby @bodytempleFlag

  16. ed_wood

    Could be cool.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag


    just do a LONGSHOT MOVIE
    use the people who did the HALO ODST COMMERCIAL which is rupert sanders and his team
    and you can stay down on the cost and still get great product

    5 years agoby @bodytempleFlag

  18. T.Clark

    Dazzler?...why? lol

    I'd see Luke Cage and Dr. Strange.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  19. -comrade-

    When done right, a movie doesn't need any special effects. I could direct an arthouse version of Dr. Strange using parlor tricks and basic adobe premiere sh*t. The body of a story lies in its characters and their personal actions, not in its visual spectacle.

    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  20. -comrade-


    5 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  21. phatalphd

    This is a good long as the production quality is still top notch. I'd love to see more animated Marvel flicks, and maybe some pixar-styled Marvel movies. Those would cut down on Actor costs, and special effects.

    5 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  22. Diaigma

    Welcome to Disney, Marvel! :P

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  23. WongFu

    I thought they would do this and it's a good idea in the long run. With lessor known hero's it can work, with bigger hero's like Spiderman, Iron-man and few few others then that price range would have to keep. Some directors think that CGI helps to improve the look of any film, if one or two scenes were only in CGI and the rest of the film just having Hugh or any actor do their best with a strong story, money doesn't grow on trees.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  24. Justice23

    ummmmm dr.strange is not third tier he is very well know and doing a low budget dr.strange movie is somewhere near impossible sense he is a sorceror who can do pretty much what ever he wants if a dr.strange movie is done it should be done right with a whole lot of sfx

    5 years agoby @justice23Flag

  25. ejk1

    I agree with Remy.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. NoLongerUsedAccount

    look at PWZ low budget good..nope so f*ck you marvel

    5 years agoby @thefilmfanaticFlag

  27. Gandoff

    Lower budgeted films could worrk, but it has to be not only done right, but with the right character. Ka-Zar would be a example of one that could work, while Doctor Strange is not. The problem is, in the comic book world, most characters are bigger then life. Powers, costumes, ect. If you cut the amount of money you put into a film on a comic book movie to much, you get such bad films as the never before seen burned fantastic four movie, or the such a bomb captian america movie. But in order to get movies made in the 20m range, you will have to use unknown actors, for they will not cost the big money. That can be as risky in a comic movie as only trying to spend 20m. But Ironman, Spiderman, Hulk, Blade, ect, have all been rather good in all aspects. Most only having one or two story line issues, but the rest was extremly good. Hulk, with Banner being connnected to his dad was no where near what the Hulk was suppost to be, but still was enjoyable. How anyone can watch The Hulk fight three Hulking Dogs, and kill them and then fight a Hulking father and not say it was good, needs to get their head scanned. I am a purist when it comes to the comics, so I hate the idea of Stark comming out as Ironman. But I still loved the film. But I dont see how they can make a film with such a rich story and mystic powers as Strange with out more money.

    5 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  28. Rufio

    big budget doesn't always equal big returns. well done films, with SOLID, well-told stories do though. i think this is a financially and source-material wise decision (so long as they invest the right amount of time and do the lower budget projects well).

    5 years agoby @rufioFlag

  29. Emmytt

    cool bring on more super hero movies

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  30. Summit10

    making a film with a smaller budget should be focused on characters that can have possible larger market acceptance. The budget with a very good script and director can make this happen but please focus on characters that will be good support cast or main protaginist in the future.

    IMO, names like Morbius, The Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger can be the next big thing. Just don't waste this with Dr. Strange! I dont need to explain why :)

    5 years agoby @summit10Flag

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