What is WandaVision's budget? Marvel miniseries has every reason to splurge millions on each episode
The buzz around the series though is a lot more than just the storyline, it is the fact that each episode has cost roughly $25 million to produce
'WandaVision' is the first piece of Marvel content that hits Disney+ this year. Come January 15, the streamer will release the much-anticipated series starring Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Much about the series has been kept under wraps with the trailers promising it to be a mystical and quirky show. The buzz around the series though is a lot more than just the storyline, it is the fact that each episode has cost roughly $25 million to produce.
There have been reports claiming that the budgets for the MCU series were as big as that of the movies they have made over the years. There are multiple reasons that validate the logic behind spending millions on dollars of shorts. For starters, 'WandaVision' is a visual-effects heavy series and those don't come cheap. Add to this the fact that this series also reportedly connects to the 'Doctor Strange' sequel, making it a series that serves as the setting and a major plotline for the film.
It is no surprise that Marvel Studios and Disney have gone all-in with the amount of money they are ready to splurge. There have been movies made for less budget than it would take for producing a single episode for these shows. This also suggests that 'WandaVision' isn't the only series that will in fact spend the moolah. The other major incoming series — 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier', 'Loki', and 'Hawkeye' will pretty much spend the same amount of money or more.
The other factor is the authenticity of the content. Marvel is famed for not skimping on the quality of their content and this will come at a price. After spending exuberant money on films like 'Avengers: Endgame', it only makes sense to keep the continuity going and make sure the series live up to the hype and the quality of their previous work. There is also an indication that Disney is confident of raking back all that it spends. Consider the massive success of 'The Mandalorian', the fact that it garnered fans, old and new meant there was ample room for success.
The success of the 'Star Wars' spin-off also serves as the template that Disney and Marvel will bank on. It is no surprise they are hoping to recreate something similar with 'WandaVision' and the fact it has a ripple effect on the upcoming MCU blockbusters makes it all the more a valid reason to spend the kind of money. The same can be said for the other MCU series that are making their way into Disey+. This also means more revenue for the streamers as these content pieces will get fans to sign-up and pay to watch the content.
While we're on the topic. here's a bit about the vague plotline. 'WandaVision' head writer Jac Schaeffer explained, “We find Wanda and Vision living a blissful suburban existence, trying to keep their powers under wraps.” There is a lot the series has to answer considering Vision did die in 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Here's the trailer:
The series will comprise nine episodes and will release on January 15, 2021, on Disney+.