The Avengers was to be partially shot in Detroit this summer, but the studio has decided to not wait around in case Rick Snyder's proposal goes through, which would eliminate the current film tax incentive in Michigan, and would instead call for $25 million in each of the next two years for future movie projects.
Other studios are following suit, either by holding off their plans to shoot in the area, or changing their locations all together and moving to a different state. The Avengers was all set to shoot in and around Detroit, but when producers couldn't get confirmation that they would still qualify for the current incentives, they quickly made other plans.
Detroit location scout Tom Moisides, who recently working on Real Steel, had been with the project since November, and was in the process of securing contracts for a number of local hotels, office spaces, warehouse units, construction shops, and mills. He was laid off this past Saturday, told that his services on The Avengers were no longer needed.
It isn't clear how much of The Avengers was set to be shot in Detroit. Principle photography is set to start this spring in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A new location for The Avengers has not yet been announced, but it is possibly that the entire movie will remain in the Albuquerque area.
Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.