Marvel movies have become international affairs over the past few years, with Iron Man 3 an official Chinese co-production, Avengers: Age of Ultron shooting all over the world, in locations such as Italy and the U.K., and the first Phase Three movie, Captain America: Civil War, recently wrapping production in Germany. As it turns out, Disney and Marvel may be considering taking two of their upcoming superhero movies down under, with a report from Yahoo! Australia claiming the studio may shoot both Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel in the country. Nothing has been confirmed at this time, but sources claim Disney was so happy with how production went on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, that they are considering bringing Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel there as well. Here's what an unidentified source, described as a "technical specialist," had to say.
"The big bosses were very pleased throughout the year it took to shoot out here and now they're looking at brining out one of the Marvel films. It was a great experience for the studio who were able to familiarize themselves with the set-up at Village Roadshow (studios) and the crews here. They were also able to work across a lot of different locations which has saved them scouting for the Marvel movie."
Sources claim that production could begin as early as March 2016 in Queensland, Australia, but it wasn't specified which movie would shoot first. If both projects end up moving to Australia, Thor: Ragnarok would likely shoot first, since it is scheduled for release on November 3, 2017, while Captain Marvel doesn't hit theaters until November 2, 2018. Another reason Thor: Ragnarok may film in Australia is to accommodate star Chris Hemsworth, who currently lives in Byron Bay with his wife and three children, which is just a one-hour drive to the studios on the Gold Coast.
Another viable reason for shooting in Australia is the Australian dollar is currently at a six-year low, which is causing studios to capitalize and get more for their money down under than they would at home. Yahoo! Australia finance editor Trevor Treharne explained that one U.S. dollar is worth $1.40 in Australian dollars, or, translated on a bigger scale, a $350 million budget in U.S. currency is worth $491 million in Aussie dollars. Disney isn't the only studio looking to take advantage of this potential windfall.
Neither Thor: Ragnarok nor Captain Marvel have a director attached at this time, but if Marvel is eyeing an early 2016 shoot, we should hear about a filmmaker signing on very soon. Do you think these superhero movies should shoot in Australia? Or would you rather see them filmed in America? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates on both Thor: Ragnarok nor Captain Marvel.