Marvel Studios is planning to film The Avengers in New Mexico, making it the state's largest feature film project to date, reports Variety.

Pre-production is currently under way, with principal photography scheduled from April through September.

The Avengers will take advantage of New Mexico's 25% rebate program aimed at bringing in major film and TV productions. Gov. Bill Richardson estimates that the incentive has helped bring in over $4 billion and 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs since 2002.

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Albuquerque Studios will host The Avengers shoot for most of 2011, before commencing in New York and Michigan.

Production on The Avengers will begin in April in New Mexico.