The Avengers saved the planet, but at what cost? In case you hadn’t noticed, they did a number on downtown Manhattan.
At the request of The Hollywood Reporter, disaster-cost prediction company Kinetic Analysis Corp. formulated an answer, but it’s a number so large that even Tony Stark might have a little trouble picking up the tab. Their estimate is a whopping $16o billion dollars when you factor in damage, the economic impact, cleanup time and loss of life. To give some perspective, the Japanese Tsunami cost $122 billion or Hurricane Katrina at only $90 billion.
Plus, KAC notes that ironing out just who would pay for the damage would prove problematic:
S.H.I.E.L.D., they note, is likely protected as a government agency, though probes eventually will look into its role in predicting, preventing and responding to the invasion — just as they looked into the Ghostbusters.
“Most insurance policies have special provisions for acts of war, civil unrest or terrorism,” KAC adds. “Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an ‘act of God,’ though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate.”
Tony better get that clean energy working because he’s going to need some big money and he’s going to need it fast.