Disney have announced that filming for the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War will commence this February in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands.
The epic superhero film series has a budget of £400 million and is expected to boost the Scottish economy by £10 million, this will have a major impact on the Scottish film industry and present opportunities for upcoming actors and crew members.
Filming officially begins on February 28th and will allow creative people across Scotland to contribute to the success of Marvel’s film venture.
This is the largest movie to ever be filmed in Scotland and will take around six months, trumping World War Z which was filmed in Glasgow in 2011 and reportedly brought £3 million to the local economy from its 17 days of filming. However, this isn’t the first time that the region has been used by Disney – Marvel’s 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger was filmed partially in Fife.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most popular film franchise in terms of profit. This is due to the fact that Disney has so far released 14 films within the universe, although this total will rise to 19 by the time Infinity War is released. The cinematic universe is currently working on Guardians of The Galaxy 2, Spiderman: Homecoming, Thor 2 and Black Panther. The four films will precede the upcoming Avengers film.
With so many films, executives have become more creative with scouting locations. This led them to selecting Scotland, partially because it is cheaper to film in the UK. Also locations in the Highlands are considered among the most spectacular places in the world and Disney clearly intends to display the countries visually impressive scenery.
This is an exciting opportunity for die-hard comic book fans to meet some of the biggest names in the superhero film industry. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will reportedly be in Scotland for filming. In addition to this, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson and Benedict Cumberbatch will be joining the headline heroes and the star-studded cast will also include legendary actor Samuel L Jackson.
Inverness-born star Karen Gillian, who starred in Doctor Who, is set to return to the franchise after making her debut portraying Nebula, adopted daughter of the film’s primary villain Thanos, in Guardians of the Galaxy. Her appearance in the film indicates that the Guardians will have a role, albeit a minor one in the upcoming film.
Overall it is certain that the film will experience tremendous pressure to live up to expectations but it has infinite potential to be one of the greatest superhero films of all time.