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Marvel returning to Cleveland for 'Captain America' sequel

9:07 AM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Captain America's days in Cleveland haven't finished yet. The "Avengers" hero is coming back to town as portions of Marvel Studio's upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will be filmed in the city in 2013.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission made the announcement regarding the sequel starring Chris Evans on Friday.

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"Marvel is pleased to return to Ohio, this time with our 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' production," Louis D'Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios says. "The location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit our film, and we look forward to beginning production."

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission says it was in talks with Marvel Studios for several weeks, sharing information about Ohio's physical assets and helping them learn about the benefits of filming in Ohio -- including the recently expanded Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive.

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This follow-up flick comes on the heels of the superhero stuntfest that brought explosions, action and hype to Cleveland in August 2011 when Marvel filmed segments of "The Avengers" in town.

"We proved with the filming of Marvel's 'The Avengers' that Cleveland has talent, architecture and amazing locations that will provide filmmakers everything they need to ensure a successful filming experience and the economic impact of this new project can't be denied," executive director of the Cleveland Film Commission Ivan Schwarz said. "Filming will create a number of jobs for Ohioans and will give our region another chance to demonstrate how skilled, professional and dedicated our workforce truly is. We especially appreciate Governor Kasich and the Ohio Film Office for their support and timely approval of these exciting opportunities."

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he is thrilled with the news.

"We have worked diligently with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission to make our city an attractive location for films of all sizes," Jackson says. "Marvel's return to Cleveland shows we can provide a film-friendly atmosphere that will ultimately lead to a permanent presence of the film industry in Northeast Ohio."

"Captain America: The Winter Solider" will pick up where "The Avengers" left off as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.

It will be directed by two Cleveland natives --  brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. Their credits include "Welcome to Collinwood," "Arrested Development" and "Community."

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is set for release in 2014. 

"The Avengers" -- which made more than $1.5 billion at the box office -- was released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this week.

According to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, approximately 1,143 full-time equivalent Ohio jobs and $35.5 million in household income are estimated to have been credited to the 27 projects that took advantage of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit since its 2009 inception, and the tax incentive returns $1.20 into the Ohio economy for every $1 invested by the incentive, according to a Cleveland State University study released earlier this year.

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