Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is breaking box-office records, from the highest opening weekend gross and the fastest cumulative grosses through $2 billion, but did you know that The Avengers actually have a Dubrovnik connection.
Costing an estimated $356 million to produce the latest Marvel superhero blockbuster draws to an end the battle between Ironman, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and all the other superhero characters with the super villain Thanos. And one of these very superheroes has a Dubrovnik history.
The story of Captain America on the screen started back in 1944 with a black and white series and through the years this “all American” champion has appeared in many different guises, from cartoons to films.
In 1990 Marvel’s leading character flung his shield around the ancient stone walls of Dubrovnik as Captain America battled the villain Red Skull in Dubrovnik. Long before the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood used the stone façades as backdrops for blockbusters one of the Avengers was fighting evil on those same streets. Interestingly the final battle was recorded on the Lovrijenac Fortress, the same fort that acted as the Red Keep in Game of Thrones.
Captain America in Dubrovnik
Whereas the latest hit, Endgame cost $356 million the 1990 version of Captain America was considerably lighter with its budget, costing an estimated $10 million. And it isn’t only the budget that differs, the Dubrovnik Captain America was an absolute flop at the box-office, as opposed to the billions that Endgame is earning the 1990 flick saw a massive loss and only earned just over $10,000.
And the critics also panned it with the popular critic stating that “Lacking a script, budget, direction, or star capable of doing justice to its source material, this Captain America should have been left under the ice."
Whereas Chris Evans has brought millions to watch the adventures of Steve Rogers, the 1990 version starred Matt Salinger, and also starred Ronny Cox, more famous for his roles in Total Recall, Beverley Hills Cop and Deliverance, as the American President.
Captain America (Matt Salinger) and the American President (Ronny Cox) in Dubrovnik
The Dubrovnik based superhero movie was a co-production between the Marvel Entertainment Group, Jadran Film and 21st Century Film Corporation.