Joss Whedon’s Avengers Will Assemble in New Mexico

When you think big-time superhero movies, you think … New Mexico? Sure, why not. The State has been getting plenty of Hollywood money of late. Previous productions include “Terminator: Salvation” and huge chunks of Marvel’s other superhero movie, “Thor”. Now you can add Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” to that list. The New Mexico Film Commission (yes, I had no idea there was one, either), was kind enough to send out a press release announcing the assembling (ahem) of their new deal with Marvel Studios.

Governor Bill Richardson and Marvel Studios’ Co-President Louis D’Esposito announced that Marvel Studios will film the comic book Super Hero adventure film THE AVENGERS primarily in New Mexico. The production will be the largest feature film ever made in the state as well as the largest Marvel production to date. The film is estimated to employ hundreds of New Mexican based cast and crew, and use hundreds of local service and supply vendors. Pre-production is already underway, with principal photography scheduled to start in April 2011 and running through September, 2011.

“In addition to being our biggest production to date, THE AVENGERS will be the most technologically advanced and will provide cutting-edge training opportunities for our crew,” said Richardson.

Hey, it beats going to Texas, where they promise you a tax break but may change their minds later on. Right, Robert Rodriguez?

Meanwhile, back at Avengers Mansion…