Screen Daily is exclusively reporting that Marvel's sequel to The Avengers
will begin shooting in early 2014 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in the UK. This will continue an on-going relationship between the superhero creators and the Twickenham-based studios, where Thor: The Dark World
recently wrapped and Guardians of the Galaxy
will shoot this summer.
This comes as a surprise - albeit a welcome one for the British film industry - as word off the China-based set of Iron Man 3 has been extremely positive and the smart money would have been on Marvel strengthening that relationship, while looking perhaps even to lock down co-production status for the film. Perhaps the last-minute change to that film's status in China does indeed hint at a souring of that particular relationship and the subsequent move.
The Avengers pulled in more than US$1.5 billion worldwide, easily making it the biggest film of last year, and third most successful of all time behind James Cameron's one-two punch of Avatar and Titanic. Writer-director Joss Whedon returns for the sequel, as do cast members Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johannsson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers 2 is slated for a Summer 2015 release worldwide.
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