Marvel is taking viewers back in time with Captain Marvel’s 1990s setting. This means there’ll be plenty of opportunities for nostalgic references, but the creative choice also made things a little harder on the visual effects team. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg needed to be digitally de-aged for all of their scenes, which is an extensive process that can add dollars to the budget. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to have had too much of an impact on Captain Marvel, which is actually one of the most cost-effective Marvel films in recent memory.
Captain Marvel‘s budget is around $152 million. That’s in the general ballpark of Ant-Man and the Wasp ($162 million) and Doctor Strange ($165 million), and the lowest reported MCU budget since the original Ant-Man ($130 million).
With such a manageable budget, Captain Marvel should turn a very healthy profit for the studio. It’s coming out at the perfect time, as there’s minimal box office competition and several of the holdovers have underwhelmed during their runs. Additionally, it’s another Certified Fresh installment in the MCU, with critics enjoying its action and humour. Riding waves of positive buzz and excitement, there’s little reason to believe Captain Marvel won’t be able to do well and make back its budget in no time at all.