Hollywood may be calling, but Marvel as no plans of abandoning Georgia. After it was announced that Captain Marvel would not be shooting Atlanta, but would in fact be taking advantage of the $20.8 million in tax credits offered up to shoot in Los Angeles, many were worried that this would be the beginning of the end for Marvel and Georgia’s relationship.
“It’s not true. There’s no basis to it,” said David Grant, head of physical production at Marvel while at the cast and crew screening of Black Panther (filmed in Georgia). Black Panther is the fifth Marvel film to be filmed in the Peach State, following Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
At the same screening of Black Panther that was held at the Fox Theater for the Georgia-based cast and crew, MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin talked about the relationship between Georgia and Marvel Studios, citing that the production of Black Panther generated $83.9 million for the state economy and $26.5 million in wages for the over 3,100 workers in Georgia. “Tonight, we are here to celebrate the talented individuals and vendors who help make Georgia the third largest production center in the nation, and who help bring to life stories, like Black Panther, that make a difference,” said Rivkin.
Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office, added: “While hosting Marvel films, Georgia has doubled for New York, San Francisco, and even other galaxies! Now, with Black Panther, we can add the African nation of Wakanda to our resume. Black Panther employed thousands of Georgians, supported hundreds of local vendors, and created opportunities for film tourism.”
After Black Panther comes out next week, three other Marvel films shot in Georgia are still to come. The projects currently in post-production are Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, and the big phase three capper of the yet-to-be-titled Avengers film. Grant says that this capper is the reason for the lull in Marvel productions in Georgia. “There’s a natural production gap coming up in our schedule; it’s really that simple,” he said. “So it’s with that I’m happy to announce that in the fall we start prep on another film in Atlanta. I’m not allowed to officially say what the title is, but maybe you can guess.” The best bet would be placed on the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy or the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Grant solidified Marvel’s stakes in Georgia with music to the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s ears. “Your film incentive works,” he said. “Keep doing it. Keep bringing it. We will come.”