‘Captain Marvel’ Co-Director Teases Location Scouting – Is This New Mexico?

Dec 5, 2017


We previously learned that Marvel was eyeing Baton Rouge, Louisiana for scenes in Captain Marvel, which is expected to do most of its stage work in Los Angeles (moving from Atlanta due to tax incentives).

Well, it looks like yet another locale is being teased by co-director Ryan Fleck via Instagram with the caption “Scout van” (a nod to location scouting from their train). Fleck over the summer had teased scouting an undisclosed Air Force as well.

The location can’t be verified, but to us, it looks like somewhere in New Mexico. There are plenty of other states this could be as well (Nevada being another), this is just our best guess because of previous locations eyed by Marvel. Not unlike California and Louisiana, New Mexico also has a bumping film and television industry. The state also offers it’s own attractive tax incentives for studios to shoot there.

New Mexico continues to offer one of the most competitive incentives packages in the industry which includes a 25% or 30% Refundable Film Production Tax Credit and the Film Crew Advancement Program. Post-production services rendered in New Mexico also qualify for the 25% Refundable Tax Credit even if the project is shot elsewhere (“Stand-Alone Post”).

Recent projects shot in the state of New Mexico include Josh Brolin’s Sicario/Soldado, Chris Pratt’s Magnificent Seven, Chris Hemsworth’s Horse Soldiers, and Brie Larson’s drama Glass Castle. Marvel Studios shot the original Thor there in 2010.

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This is our own speculation but we know Marvel aliens the Kree and Skrulls will be part of the film and it’s easy to imagine that a version of Area 51 in Rosewell, New Mexico could be part of the film. The terrain could also double as alien landscape as well.

SHIELD is expected to have a presence in the film with Nick Fury appearing and they did have a facility in New Mexico, which had connections to both Kree and Mar-Vell.

Another option could be recycling the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility (SHIELD/NASA) from The Avengers that is located in the Mojave Desert (California/Nevada), which housed Project Pegasus (the tesseract).As the film is set in the 1990s it could be still standing.  In the Agents of Atlas comics, SHIELD has their own base in the Mojave Desert as well.

If Captain Marvel does plan on shooting in New Mexico we’ll be able to confirm this eventually as production is expected to begin this February. Marvel has slated the film’s release for March 8th, 2019.

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