Last week, Marvel Studios pulled out of doing location shooting in Detroit for their upcoming Avengers film following Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s repeal of tax break incentives designed to lure filmmakers to the state. While Snyder may be turning his back on filmmakers, Governor John Kasich in neighboring Ohio is hoping to lure the production to Cleveland.
The Cleveland Leader is reporting that Governor Kasich is lobbying to have Marvel bring the film’s location work to the northern Ohio city when it starts production later this spring. Reportedly, the production, to be directed by Joss Whedon, would inject approximately $40 million into the local economy.
I still wish that Marvel would shoot the film in New York City, where the Avengers have called their home for four decades in the comics. But if Marvel is going to shoot in another city, I suppose Cleveland is a good substitute. After all, it’s the town Howard the Duck has been calling home for years.