How long does it take to film a Marvel movie? It’s a question that fans have been asking since the first Avengers movie came out in 2012. The answer, it turns out, is a bit complicated.
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Marvel Studios is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, which is a part of The Walt Disney Company. The studio has produced some of the most successful films in the superhero genre, including Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming,Black Panther, and Captain Marvel.
But how long does it take to make one of these movies? In this article, we’ll explore how long it takes to film a Marvel movie from start to finish.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, television series, and digital series. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters. Robert Downey Jr. has appeared as Iron Man/Tony Stark throughout the MCU in eleven films since 2008.
The first film in the MCU was Iron Man (2008), which was followed by The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2(2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming(2017), Thor: Ragnarok(2017), Black Panther(2018),”Avengers: Infinity War”(2018) and Ant-Man and the Wasp(2018).
The MCU is set to continue with Captain Marvel(2019),”Avengers: Endgame”(2019),”Spider-Man: Far From Home”(2019),”Phase Four”
The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hiddleston. In the film, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles a team of superhumans to stop Thor’s brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
The film’s development began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the original screenplay by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in September.
The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre and was released worldwide on May 4, 2012. The film set or tied numerous box office records during its theatrical run—including becoming the fifth-highest-grossing domestic opening weekend ever with $207 million—and grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide throughout its theatrical run to become the third highest-grossing film of all time and the highest-grossing film of 2012 surpassing Avatar’s then worldwide record gross of $2 billion just forty-five days after its North American release as well as setting other records such as becoming Disney’s highest-grossing film ever globally surpassing Toy Story 3 which had previously held that record for just over a year after its release as well as becoming Marvel Studios’ first film to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide making it their most successful film up to that point passing Iron Man’s previous worldwide gross record of $585 million which it had set back in 2008 as well being only one of eight films at that time to reach that milestone unadjusted for inflation with The Dark Knight being the only other superhero related film up to that point to have done so joining fellow comic book adaptations Spider-Man ($821 million), Spider-Man 2 ($783 million), Batman Begins ($484 million), Superman Returns ($391 million), X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373 million) and Watchmen ($185 million) as well as Toy Story 3 which became Pixar’s first CGI animated feature ever released to do so unadjusted for inflation with all seven mentioned prior live action films being part of either 20th Century Fox or Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe albeit Superman Returns is not considered canon within said universe with three out of those seven also being part of Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man franchises (with Spider-Man: Homecoming currently being Sony Pictures’ most recent attempt at relaunching said franchise set within the MCU) albeit with Venom not considered canon within said universe either despite still technically being based off Spider-Man characters albeit not directly related nor featuring any appearances from any other known Spider-Man characters outside Eddie Brock himself although some versions Eddie Brock has gone up against Spider-Man himself prior such as his incarnation seen within Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 albeit noncanonical due Kevin Feige retconning said events out of existence following Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox & thus regaining control over both X Men & Fantastic Four franchises whereby he plans on eventually having both properties join fellow Fox acquired property Deadpool & be integrated into MCU proper alongside all their other franchise properties much like what happened following their purchase & integration if 22nd Century Fox television assets now rebranded under 20th Television banner]].
Captain America: The First Avenger
It took approximately 116 days to film Captain America: The First Avenger.
On average, it takes about six months to film a Marvel movie. Thor was filmed in London, England and New Mexico, United States.
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk, released in 2008, is the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie was directed by Louis Leterrier and starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. The movie was filmed in Toronto, Canada and New York City, USA. It had a production budget of $150 million and grossed over $263 million at the box office.
It took a total of 179 days to film Iron Man. This includes the time spent on reshoots.
Iron Man 2
It took a little over six months to film “Iron Man 2” from start to finish. However, shooting didn’t happen continuously during that time period. Production was broken up into several phases with different parts of the movie being filmed at different times. For example, some exterior scenes were shot early on while interiors were being constructed, and vice versa. In all, it took approximately 210 days to shoot “Iron Man 2.”
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D., assembles a team of superhumans to stop Thor’s brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
The film started shooting in February 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in April 2011 and New York City in May 2011. The film concluded principal photography in September 2011 with Pickett Street Productions filming reshoots in January 2012 at Culver Studios. Additional pick-ups were shot in May 2012 under new director Joss Whedon.
The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre and was released worldwide on May 4th 2012 in 2D and 3D formats.
In conclusion, it takes a long time to film a Marvel movie. There is a lot of prep work that goes into it, and the actual filming process can take months. However, the end result is always worth it, as these movies are some of the most popular in the world.