Marvel filming Avengers movie in Edinburgh
Marvel is filming scenes for Avengers: Infinity War on location in Scottish capital Edinburgh.
The shoot – the largest the city has ever hosted – took a year to plan and is scheduled to spend more than £10m locally.
The project is likely to be a significant boost for Scotland as an international filming location when the movie opens in April next year.
“When Edinburgh came up as a location option we jumped at the chance,” said Joe Russo, who co-directs with his brother Anthony. “The city is such a unique and iconic location, but one never seen as the backdrop for a big action film, which is incredibly exciting.”
“This is the biggest production to ever film in the region,” said Rosie Ellison, film manager for Film Edinburgh. “But crucially it also clearly demonstrates Edinburgh has the infrastructure and process in place to accommodate major filming of this scale.
“The reinforcement of the Edinburgh Film Charter, which was ratified again a few years ago, has played a massive role in simplifying procedures and allowing the city to gear up and facilitate productions of all sizes.”
Scotland’s international production profile has risen through hosting the romantic time travel drama Outlander. Location filming in Edinburgh increased nearly 12% in 2016, driven by films including Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting.
The new Avengers film is using Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Georgia as its main production base, but is continuing the Marvel trend of filming on location around the world. Aside from Scotland, filming will reportedly visit New York in the coming months as well.
Marvel is also in production on Black Panther, which is based in Atlanta but will film scenes in South Korea, a country Marvel visited once before for a major action set piece in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For more on filming in Scotland see our production guide.