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Marvel will shoot part of The Avengers in Cleveland, Ohio Gov. John Kasich confirmed this afternoon, less than two weeks after the film withdrew from Michigan over questions about state tax incentives.
The Plain Dealer reports that the Ohio Film Office had been in talks all week with the studio about bringing The Avengers to Cleveland, an effort Kasich teased on Monday without mentioning the Joss Whedon-directed movie by name.
“I’m really pleased that the city is going to get this movie,” Kasich was quoted as saying today. “It’s fantastic. It required quick and hard work between the community here and the state of Ohio, something that hasn’t always happened. We won another one from Michigan. I’m thrilled we are going to have this here. I’m just bucking for a part as Governator 2.”
Marvel reportedly pulled out of Detroit because studio executives were unable to confirm whether The Avengers would still qualify for incentives under Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget plan.
Expected to begin shooting in Cleveland this fall, The Avengers will be the largest movie ever made in Ohio. The bulk of The Avengers will be filmed at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, beginning in April, and at other locations throughout the state before moving to New York and, now, Ohio.
The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. It opens on May 4, 2012.