Shooting for The Avengers begins today in Cleveland - with all sorts of explosions planned!
Parts of downtown Cleveland will be transformed into the NYC of The Avengers, with workers transforming East Ninth Street into 42nd Street of New York.
"We have to keep people back a bit for safety reasons -- there will be explosions -- but they will be able to see the actors and their favorite Avengers on the street during the filming," Patty Whitcher, executive producer of the Marvel Studios, said in a press conference held this morning.
I'm sure we will be getting a ton of pics ala The Dark Knight Rises, as fans will have their cameras and smart phones at the ready. Cosmic Book News will be sure to update!
The Avengers assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.
Here is the production schedule:
Aug. 8-Sept. 2 East 9th from Euclid to Prospect (Alternate route: Carnegie, E. 18th and Superior)
Aug. 15-Aug. 24 Euclid from East 6th to East 12th (Alternate route: E. 6th, Superior, E. 18th and Carnegie.)
Aug. 22-Sep. 2 Walnut from East 9th to East 12th (Alternate route: East 12th, Superior, Chester; Affected garages have access via Superior & Chester)
Aug. 17-Aug. 30 South Roadway from Superior to Ontario (Alternate route: Ontario & Superior)
Aug. 29 Detroit Superior Bridge (Alternate: Main Avenue Bridge)
Entire intersections will be closed on the following dates:
Aug. 15 -- Prospect closed at East 9th
Aug. 16 -- Euclid Ave. closed at East 9th
Aug. 17 -- Euclid Avenue closed at East 9th
Aug. 18 -- Prospect closed at East 9th
Aug. 19 -- Prospect closed at East 9th
Aug. 20 -- Euclid Ave. closed at East 9th
Aug. 22& 23 -- Euclid Ave. closed at East 9th (depending on what work left from previous week)
In addition, intermittent closures are expected from August 8 to September 2 on:
East 9th & Prospect
East 9th & Walnut
Superior & West Roadway