Marvel's upcoming superhero ensemble The Avengers will be shooting in Cleveland, Ohio and in the areas surrounding Cuyahoga County, marking the largest movie project to ever shoot in that state.
We reported last month that The Avengers pulled out of shooting in Detroit, after the state government proposed a bill that would drastically cut tax credit incentives for movie productions. It seems The Avengers has now found a suitable replacement for Detroit. Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito cited Ohio's tax incentives as a key factor in choosing the state.
The Avengers will begin production in April, with filming slated to last through September. The production will also film in New Mexico and New York, although it isn't clear when The Avengers will shoot in any of the three states.
The Ohio Film Tax Credit Law was passed in July 2009, with more than $12 million in credits already approved for a dozen productions. $17 million in credits is still available to movies until July 30.
Joss Whedon will direct The Avengers from a script by Zak Penn.