[Update: As originally reported, Thor: Ragnarok will actually shoot in Australia, not Atlanta]
This week in Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 news, the second draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 screenplay has been completed by writer-director James Gunn as the project gears up for a February start date to principal photography at at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. This new, fast-growing, Atlanta facility has become the new home for Marvel Studios who were the first company to use its stages when shooting Ant-Man there last year.
Marvel returned this summer with Captain America: Civil War and as we learned today, will continue using the Atlanta facilities after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 when it returns in late 2016 again to begin production on Thor: Ragnarok, a film that still needs a director.
The previous Thor solo adventure, The Dark World, shot at London's Pinewood locations where Marvel's Doctor Strange will shoot in a few weeks. The return stateside for the three-quel to where the original Thor shot is not entirely surprising given the closer proximity to Marvel Studios' LA headquarters and the tax incentives of shooting in Atlanta. Not to mention, this new Pinewood lot is the newest and most advanced, and has the most space for large productions. It even has its own private Home Depot store on the lot!
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Going forward, as Marvel Studios gears up production to handle three live-action feature films per year beginning next year, it's likely that one or two of these will shoot in Atlanta every year going forward. The only slight twist to this particular news is that last week reports indicated that Disney was considering moving a pair of Marvel Studios productions out to Australia where they shot Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The variety of locations offered by Australia's Village Roadshow Studios lend it to being a perfect location for large-scale superhero flicks, and Thor star Chris Hemsworth just so happens to live within driving distance. Despite the favorable current exchange rates to shooting down under, it's not to be.
The other Marvel movie Yahoo7 previously reported might shoot in Australia is 2018's Captain Marvel which is still possible although we wouldn't be surprised to see it shoot in Pinewood as well, especially since this location will have already been used for Earthly military locations (Civil War), otherworldly locations (Guardians 2) and even mythical realms (Thor 3).
Earlier this summer, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promised that there would be news by the end of summer regarding a director selection, new writers and even casting for Thor: Ragnarok, and since Feige's now fully in charge after an executive shake-up last week, look out for more Thor news in the coming weeks.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Yvonne Strahovski Captain Marvel art by Amy