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AVENGERS Finishing Cleveland Shoot

Marvel and Disney finishing up their Cleveland shoot for The Avengers.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 29, 2011
Source: PlainDealer, SHH

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) in battle on the set of Marvel's THE AVENGERS(2011).
© Walt Disney, Marvel

As expected from Kevin Feige's comments at their D23 Expo panel, director Joss Whedon is wrapping up his production for The Avengers in Cleveland over the next few days. But not before some last tidbits of information from one of the sources who provided a ton of set videos and photos over the last month or so. With the shoot's last days ahead of them, The Plain Dealer reflected on what they saw happening in the streets of Cleveland, which is doubling for NYC in the film. And a producer out of Marvel Studios thanked them for lending their streets for the action.

"It was great to see them come out every day," said Jeremy Latcham, co-producer of the movie for Marvel Studios. "They took tons of pictures and put them up on the Internet, which is just great.

"Cleveland has been amazing. We wanted a real street feeling to the scenes, and we got that," he said.

For a few weeks, East Ninth Street was turned into a war zone where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Christopher Evans) battled Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and other bad guys amid pickup-truck-size hunks of rubble.

The battles continued on Public Square, which was turned into a Stuttgart, Germany, beer garden and opera house. Captain America and Iron Man fought Loki in front of a large number of extras dressed in formal wear on Thursday and Friday night. The "Iron Man" in those scenes was a stunt double in full costume augmented with computer-generated software.

On Friday and Saturday night, Scarlett Johansson filmed scenes at an old warehouse on Ashland Road near Longfellow Avenue, off Cedar Road near the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. The warehouse was the site of top secret filming and doubled as a Russian facility. Trailers for the stars and temporary food preparation and wardrobe stations were set up in a base camp there.

Other filming sites included the old DHL facility in Wilmington, Ohio, and NASA's Plum Brook facility in Sandusky, where Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Clark Gregg (SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson) were seen. That location, and the availability of state tax credits, were crucial factors in bringing the film to Ohio from Michigan.

Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) did not come to Cleveland.

The old Chevrolet plant in Parma was used to film fireball explosions that will be spliced into other scenes. The Lakeside Courthouse building will be the stage of a scene to be shot Monday night.

Latcham said some members of the cast will travel to New York for two days to wrap up the filming.

"After that Joss takes it all back to L.A. and creates the movie," he said.

Check out the rest of the details here and sound off with your opinions.

Marvel's The Avengers invades theaters May 4, 2011.


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kinetoscope 8/29/2011 7:20:53 AM

The only sad news is that they won't be starting the Avengers 2 the following week. But... my fingers are still crossed for everything Marvel/Disney to do really well and keep the machine rolling along. Have fun editing Joss!


ElBaz13 8/29/2011 8:22:08 AM


Glad they are going with the Russian roots for Widow. It just didn't seem like it in IM 2. Mind you, she didn't have many lines, but would have loved an accent. Mind you, for arguments sake, they could always use the excuse that she is an expert spy, therefore can hide any accent. I still think Olga Kuryenko would have been the better choice for Widow. But, if ScarJo manages to speak Russian in this movie, then I will be more than happy.

Funny how you talk of Avengers 2 already. My better half and I were watching some of the interviews at D23 and she asked me "how did they manage to get all of this starpower in 1 movie and still have a respectable budget? Wouldn't the budget be skyhigh?"

Well, except for RDJ, none of these other actors are commanding A-list salaries. But of course, that will change once this movie is a huge hit and their contracts are up.



littlemikey979 8/29/2011 8:56:37 AM

I love the pic posted. I was hopeing we would get to see a superhero brawl in the movie, even if it is just a small one. I mean they fight all the time in the comics. I can't wait to see the first shot of the all the Avengers in the movie. I mean I love the concept artwork but seeing the real deals will be much better.

Going to be dragging the wife to see this opening night for sure!

joe4306 8/29/2011 9:26:39 AM

i would rather see a justice league movie(HEY DC COME ON GIVE US DC FANS A JLA MOVIE.....SOON!) NUFF SAID! DC IS STILL #1

joe4306 8/29/2011 9:29:27 AM

i wish dc wasn't starting ALL there books back at #1 dumb...oh well

Higgy 8/29/2011 11:02:12 AM

Well just cause Ruffalo or RDJ wasn't there doesn't mean we won't see IronMan or Hulk.  CGI those babies in WOOOO!  Can't wait for this movie.

GSSCHAN2000 8/29/2011 6:12:23 PM

tried to post a link for the video of the fight but it wouldn't let me. think yahoo or youtube has a coupleof vids with the fight.

CrazyCEO 8/30/2011 1:23:03 PM

Not too sure about the Thor costume.  It looked metallic and bad ass in Thor but looks rubber walmart special in this pic.



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