Film: ‘Captain America’ sequel follows in ‘Avengers’ footsteps, heads to Cleveland

By Will Ashton

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced today that Captain America: The Winter Solider, the highly anticipated sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger to be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Community), will be filming about 40% of the film in the Cleveland area.

Filming is set to begin early next year for its April 4, 2014 release.  For those of you keeping track at home, this is the second time that a Marvel film has been shot in the Cleveland area.  The first was for The Avengers, where the studio shot most of its city-based shots during its epic conclusion.

“Marvel is pleased to return to Ohio, this time with our Captain America: The Winter Soldier production. The location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit our film, and we look forward to beginning production,” Louis D’Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios, said in a press release.

In June, the press release announced that the state of Ohio expanded the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive, which is a critical tool for strengthening Ohio’s growing film industry and creating jobs for Ohio citizens. The tax incentive provides for a refundable credit against the corporation franchise or income tax for motion pictures produced in Ohio.

Production on the film will take place in the Cuyahoga county area, along with a few other places.

“We are thrilled that Cuyahoga county is being seen as a destination for filmmakers,” Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga county executive, said in the press release. “The resources that we have to offer, including our skilled workforce, makes our region a natural fit for the film industry. Projects like this means jobs and economic development for Cuyahoga county.”

So Cleveland citizens, look forward to seeing the star-spangled avenger in your area.  Who knows, a few likely people might even get to meet the Cap himself.

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