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Spider-Man movie switches filming to New York

Spider-ManUpcoming superhero movie Spider-Man: Homecoming will spend the next few weeks filming on location in New York, having shot in Georgia over recent months.

The film’s Atlanta shoot has in fact marked something of a departure for the popular Marvel character, especially given that the last movie he appeared in – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 – became the biggest movie to shoot entirely in New York State.

For the past few years, however, Marvel has based most of its superhero films in Atlanta, taking advantage of Georgia’s generous filming incentive support and world-class studio facilities.

The shift in primary filming locations is likely due to the fact that the Spider-Man franchise is being re-launched through a new partnership between Marvel and Sony. Tom Holland has replaced Andrew Garfield in the title role and made his debut in a cameo in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year.

New York remains one of the top filming hubs in the US, with 52 scripted TV shows shot in the state during the 2015-16 production season. Last week 18 Emmy TV awards went to programmes filmed in New York State.

Despite its popularity, New York is not always the chosen filming location even for stories set in the iconic city. Director Paul Feig largely doubled Boston for New York in his recent Ghostbusters movie, suggesting that Massachusetts was more film-friendly.

Productions set in period New York are more commonly choosing to use Cincinnati in Ohio as a stand-in for Manhattan, while new drama series Alienist will use Budapest as a stand-in for New York at the turn of the 20th century.

For more on filming in New York see our production guide.

Image: Marvel