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LeBron James is gone but "The Avengers" are headed to Cleveland
Betty White better watch out. She's got some powerful new company joining her in the lakeside city of Cleveland. The Cleveand Film Commission announced on Friday that Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" would be partially filming in the Ohio city.
In a statement, Ohio Gov. John Kasich noted, “Ohio is thrilled to participate in a project of this size and with such top-notch partners. Cleveland, northeast Ohio and the state will enjoy the significant economic benefits of this production thanks to an aggressive, forward-thinking effort by people who spoke the language of the industry and who successfully sold Ohio. It’s what we’re starting to do across the board in Ohio and it will produce important economic returns."
Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Espositio said, “Marvel Studios is bringing THE AVENGERS to Ohio for two reasons: the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and the efforts of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. We look forward to collaborating with the Film Commission and working in the great state of Ohio."
Principal photography on Joss Whedon's highly anticipated epic is set to begin in April and end in September. It's unclear how long or when "The Avengers" cast and crew will be in the city. Moreover, the production will mostly film in New Mexico along with some filming in New York.
Marvel's first two "Iron Man" features were based in Los Angeles, but "Thor" filmed in New Mexico and "Captain America: The First Avengers" was shot in the United Kingdom.
"The Avengers" will hit theaters May 4, 2012.