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How Much Does it Cost to Create Captain America?

This superhero price breakdown doesn't even include the cost of shield wax (which we imagine Cap uses up at a clip).
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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming out on April 4, the folks over at MovieClips put together a rather informative video breaking down the costs of creating and maintaining your own super soldier.

Now, we won't spoil the total price but, suffice it to say, uniforms, shields, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s salary, and guns really add up! (It's over $54 million for the shield alone!) The final tally is quite high, especially when you compare the cost to other crime fighters like Spider-Man or Wolverine. (That said, Cap doesn't hold a candle to Batman.)

Despite being a very thorough analysis, the good people at MovieClips totally ignore some of the hidden costs of being Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America. Namely the psychological costs of being frozen in ice, only to wake up to find everyone you knew and loved has died. (Or did they? Spoiler Alert!). Also: Shield Wax. You don't think that vibranium looks that good naturally, do you?

Ultimately, when you consider what the government put into creating one super soldier, a $15 movie ticket doesn't seem like all that much, does it? What do you think, true believers? Did they miss any other hidden costs? Tell us your revised estimates, in the comments below!


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2 comments
zero_kaos
Most definitely missed all the costs associated with the destruction of property. I mean, if I could run through walls, granted there were no wires or crossbeams, with no costs associated I most definitely would do it on a daily basis.
mohashi99
Well, not sure where you got your facts, but Cap's shield is not pure Vibranium. It's an alloy of Vibranium and Adamantium (what Wolverines skeleton was fused with in both the movie and the comic book). Not sure of the difference in cost between the two metals, but the process that made cap's shield was never able to be recreated, and in some texts is considered the strongest metal of an earthly orgin (some might contend that uru (a magical element that Thor's hammer and other asgardian weapons are made of) could be deemed "stonger".
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