Marvel's Avengers starts shooting in Johannesburg
The Johannesburg Joint Operations Committee announced that Marvel Studios will film portions of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Johannesburg city center and surrounding areas in the Gauteng province.
The film, directed by Joss Whedon, will shoot action photography sequences throughout the city that will not include principle cast members. The production is scheduled to begin in mid February and last for two weeks. This film project follows on the heels of Marvel Studios’ 2012 record breaking blockbuster Marvel’s The Avengers, which was the fastest film ever to gross $1 billion at the box office worldwide in becoming the 3rd highest grossing film of all time.
The Gauteng Film Commission showcased the city to Marvel Studios in the fall of 2013, sharing information about Johannesburg’s physical assets and the benefits of filming in the region which include the possibility of qualifying for the recently revised government film incentive which is intended to encourage and attract large-budget films and television productions that will contribute towards employment creation, enhancement of South Africa's international profile, and increase the country’s creative and technical skills base.
The film will also generate many jobs for South African crew members that will be employed by the production. Additional jobs will include over 1000 extra man-days throughout the two-week shooting schedule. The production will work closely with the Johannesburg Joint Operations Committee, the Johannesburg Metro Police, the South African National Police, local business owners and the citizens of Johannesburg and Gauteng Province throughout the production schedule.