On the one hand, original director Scott Derrickson has left “Multiverse of Madness” well into pre-production after creative differences emerged, paving the way for “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi to take over. Several writers turned in multiple drafts of the script and changed a lot along the way. More importantly, the movie had to deal with filming during the pandemic, which certainly didn’t help matters when it came to cost cutting. So yes, we had to expect an inflated budget.

That being said, $295 million is entering downright irresponsible territory. Of course, it fell through in this case, as the film grossed $955 million worldwide, easily becoming one of the biggest hits of 2022 overall. Even so, with such a large budget – which doesn’t even take into account marketing expenses that were probably around $150 million – Disney’s profits weren’t as high as they should be for a movie. which made nearly $1 billion at the box office. This is the real problem.

Sadly, this is a problem we’ve been seeing way too much lately. Disney was on the wrong side again recently with “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate,” which also carries an absurd $295 million budget (though that movie won’t make enough at the box office to bail out). Other 2023 blockbusters such as “Fast X” ($340 million), “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1” ($290 million), and “The Little Mermaid” ($250 million), to name a few, are coming to theaters on prohibitive budgets. For the overall health of the film industry, this simply cannot continue. Yes, the MCU is a hit machine, but it’s not as infallible as it once was. Allowing budgets to skyrocket like this is a fast track to disaster.