Trivia / The Avengers (1998)

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Eddie Izzard claimed the only reason he agreed to do this film was because he just wanted to meet Sean Connery.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $60 million. Box Office: $23,384,939.
  • Creator Killer: Director Jeremiah Chechik's career was electrocuted by this movie being a massive critical and commercial bomb (not screening the movie for critics and trying to justify the move by saying he wanted the press and audience "to experience the movie together" blew up in his face and added to the problems.) He wouldn't direct again for 15 years, and he's still wallowing in the C-list of directors.
  • Franchise Killer: Gunned down any ideas of adapting a modern-day successor to the classic British spy show.
  • Name's the Same: If anyone tells you that The Avengers is their favorite movie of all time, chances are they don't mean this movie.
  • Not Screened for Critics: One of the most well-known examples.
  • Playing Against Type: Sean Connery as a supervillain.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This film, along with Batman & Robin the year prior, banished Uma Thurman's career to the B-list until she was able to claw her way back out with Kill Bill, which was ironically another Quentin Tarantino project (He was responsible for her stardom from Pulp Fiction).
  • Stillborn Franchise: This film's failure quashed all thoughts of making The Avengers a film series.