'The Avengers' Pulls Production Out of Detroit

Other films lined-up to shoot in Michigan may follow suit after the governor proposes a cut in film incentives for the state.
The Avengers will no longer shoot in Detroit
The Avengers will no longer shoot in Detroit
Marvel Studios is pulling The Avengers out of Detroit after Governor Rick Snyder introduced his new budget proposal for film incentives in the state of Michigan.

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.



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Comments (24)

  1. bud2fresh

    Not like there holding up production or anyrhing.On to the next as they say.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  2. Kinetic

    I thought that they were going to be filming in NY too?

    4 years agoby @KineticFlag

  3. Avalanche

    this is NOT what my city needs :-( leave it to my state to F up something sooo good for itself

    4 years agoby @avalancheFlag

  4. the Narrator

    @daveactor7, I think of The Bourne Ultimatum and Spider-Man 2 when I think of your city. That should make you feel better. :)

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  5. Matthew Lausmann

    Nice Try But No!!

    4 years agoby @matthew-lausmannFlag

  6. Dan

    @daveactor7 Although I just looked up the first Spider-Man on Wiki. Apparently not as much actual filming occurred in New York as I thought. A lot of substituting.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Daveactor7

    @dan1 screw ya! lmao :P
    I think of Independence Day because of the epic pwnage we received -_-

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  8. Dan

    @daveactor7 When I think of your town, I think of the movie KIDS lol. Not a good image :P

    Or Spider-Man. Those 2 movies come to mind immediately before any others for some reason.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Daveactor7

    @Shnoop well I have never been to Chicago or Detroit. To me, I always think of "Robocop" whenever I hear of Detroit and I think of "The Dark Knight" when I hear Chicago. They're fine the way they are.

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  10. Dan

    @ledouchee A legitimate point. Chicago *has* been rockin' the Hollywood scene for a few years now, and will prob continue to do so. I used to work downtown, and loved it for the most part, it's architecturally pleasing, and certainly has a cinematic value to it.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  11. Ledouchee

    @dan1 yeah Chicago does have it's bad places. I'm just saying, if some Hollywood studio wants to set up camp in your town for a few weeks, pump millions into your economy, especially if you've been on a huge downslide like Detroit has been, you take it. And your state should feel the same. A commercial by Eminem is not gonna save your city. And, yeah, one movie isn't going to save it either, but I saw in Chicago how one movie led to more and more. And Detroit REALLY needs it right now.

    4 years agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  12. skywise

    Hmmmm bad news. I was looking forward to the Detroit aesethic. I know this movie is going to be huge so Joss Whedon and his producing team are obviously looking to shave as much off the edges as possible.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Dan

    @ledouchee Lol.... I lived in Chicago for 4 years. It had its ups and downs the same as any big city does, it's not perfect by any means.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. TheDude1

    @ledouchee You are joking right? You say Detroit is sh*tty and a war zone but everyone knows Chicago is the most corrupt place on the face of this Earth.

    4 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Messenger

    This is about to happen here in Georgia, LOTS of films and shows are being shot here. Hopefully this will make them think twice before cutting it.

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  16. Bane5000

    ooooo the governor just screwed Detroit out of some films being made there, wonder if TDKR will do the same

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  17. fanboy

    yet another reason why Detroit is a sh*t hole

    4 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  18. ejk1

    @ledouchee It's not Detroit's fault, it's coming from Lansing, Michigan and the state capital. The city of Detroit is just caught in the middle.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. CUPID

    This changes nothing the movie still go's on.

    4 years agoby @cupidFlag

  20. Ledouchee

    Dumb Detroit... really,really dumb. Your city looks like a middle eastern war zone. You need all the business you can get and that tax break could go such a long way in improving the image of your city. That's why Chicago is the greatest city in the country!! Go Sox!!

    4 years agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  21. XSSIV

    politicians are #asshats

    4 years agoby @xssivFlag

  22. Chris

    That's messed up that they fired this guy after all he was gonna do and it sucks that their not shooting there hopefully TDKR still shoots there

    4 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  23. sirdiddymus

    Hope The Dark Knight Rises moves back to Chicago.

    4 years agoby @sirdiddymusFlag

  24. ejk1

    Just when Detroit seemingly goes on an upswing, politics step in and do more damage. I don't know how much this will set the city back, but I know it won't help the city at all.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag