Marvel Studios will begin shooting The Avengers in April in New Mexico, marking the state's largest film project to date.
Gov. Bill Richardson announced today that the Joss Whedon-directed movie, which already has begun pre-production, will create hundreds of local jobs. Marvel's Thor and DreamWorks' Cowboys & Aliens also shot in New Mexico.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, The Avengers will occupy stages at Albuquerque Studios, used for such movie and television productions as Let Me In, Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight, for "the better part of a year," with other New Mexico locations planned. Parts of the film also will be shot in New York and Mexico.
For Thor, Marvel built a small town on a Santa Fe ranch. "The only reason to build a town like this instead of shooting in a town like this is to tear it down," Marvel President of Production Kevin Fiege told Comic Book Resources.
The Avengers, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle and Clark Gregg, opens on May 4, 2012.