As Iron Man 3 preps to wrap production sooner rather than later while Thor: The Dark World is filming across the pond, it’s the March production start of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that certainly has capture plenty of attention. With the state of North Carolina battling out tax cuts for feature films, Marvel has decided to steer clear of the filming location due to the matter and has ultimately been forced to find a new home for the upcoming sequel.
The tax cut set to run out at the end of this year certainly doesn’t help Marvel’s future slate of films, but it’s clear that the studio is focused on finding a new place to call a regular home. Now, it has been revealed that Marvel has found not only one but two new homes for Steve Rogers’ next adventure.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has announced this week that Marvel Studios will film portions of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Cleveland, Ohio; the same location where portions of Marvel’s The Avengers filmed their New York City fight. It’s assumed that we’ll be revisiting NYC in the second film with S.H.I.E.L.D. being a heavy influence, so using Cleveland once more as a location for the city may be a fantastic idea.
On top of this Latino-Review’s El Mayimbe reports that along with Cleveland the sequel will also film in New Mexico as well. What exactly that location will be used for is currently up in the air, though it should be noted that Thor had filmed there not too long ago. The Avengers also shot in Albuquerque as well, where part of the opening sequence involving Loki’s Tesseract escape were filmed. Though some have suggested this location could be used for Sam Wilson’s superhero introduction in some form, it’s currently undetermined.
Here is more from Cleveland Film’s official press release:
“Marvel is pleased to return to Ohio, this time with our Captain America: The Winter Soldier production. The location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit our film, and we look forward to beginning production,” said Louis D’Esposito, Co-President, Marvel Studios.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up where Marvel’s The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Cleveland natives whose credits include the movie Welcome to Collinwood, the Fox TV series Arrested Development, and the NBC TV series Community.
In June, the State of Ohio expanded the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive, a critical tool for strengthening Ohio’s growing film industry and creating jobs for Ohioans. The tax incentive provides for a refundable credit against the corporation franchise or income tax for motion pictures produced in Ohio.
“We’re thrilled that Marvel Studios is bringing another major motion picture project to Cleveland, and we’re committed to showing them the very best our region has to offer,” said Ivan Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. “We proved with the filming of Marvel’s The Avengers that Cleveland has the talent, architecture and amazing locations that will provide filmmakers everything they need to ensure a successful filming experience, and the economic impact of this new project can’t be denied. Filming will create a number of jobs for Ohioans and will give our region another chance to demonstrate how skilled, professional and dedicated our workforce truly is. We especially appreciate Governor Kasich and the Ohio Film Office for their support and timely approval of these exciting opportunities.”
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is committed to building a year-round, sustainable statewide film industry through job creation, workforce development, and attracting media production.
Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, stated, “We are thrilled to host Marvel and the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2013. We have worked diligently with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission to make our city an attractive location for films of all sizes. Marvel’s return to Cleveland shows we can provide a film-friendly atmosphere that will ultimately lead to a permanent presence of the film industry in Northeast Ohio.”
About 1,143 full-time equivalent Ohio jobs and $35.5 million in household income are estimated to have been credited to the 27 projects that took advantage of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit since its 2009 inception, and the tax incentive returns $1.20 into the Ohio economy for every $1 invested by the incentive, according to a Cleveland State University study released earlier this year.
“We are thrilled that Cuyahoga County is being seen as a destination for filmmakers,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. “The resources that we have to offer, including our skilled workforce, makes our region a natural fit for the film industry. Projects like this means jobs and economic development for Cuyahoga County.”
To learn more about the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, click here.