The Courier-Mail

Marvel-ous film deals reel su­per for Coast

- SUZANNE SIMONOT

SU­PER he­roes are spring­ing to the Aussie film in­dus­try’s res­cue.

The plung­ing Aus­tralian dol­lar has con­vinced mega US moviemak­ers Marvel Stu­dios to film one – and po­ten­tially two – su­per­hero block­busters on the Gold Coast.

Aussie ac­tor Chris Hemsworth’s third Thor movie will be shot at Vil­lage Road­show Stu­dios, in Ox­en­ford, and could be closely fol­lowed by Marvel’s first fe­male an­chored fea­ture, Cap­tain Marvel.

The deal would see Hemsworth’s epic God of Thun­der ad­ven­ture Thor: Rag­narok chris­ten the new $15.5 mil­lion su­per sound stage be­ing built at Vil­lage Road­show Stu­dios in time for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Marvel is a sub­sidiary of The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, which re­cently spent six months film­ing the $300 mil­lion-plus Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on the Gold Coast.

Cur­rently in post-pro­duc­tion in the US, Pi­rates 5 is due for re­lease in cine­mas in July 2017.

Hemsworth’s Thor: Rag­narok is also due for re­lease in July 2017 – set­ting the scene for a po­ten­tial Gold Coast-made box of­fice clash of the ti­tans.

Se­nior pro­duc­tion sources said Thor: Rag­narok would bump into the Ox­en­ford stu­dio com­plex early next year.

Marvel is yet to an­nounce who will di­rect ei­ther Thor: Rag­narok, which also stars Tom Hid­dle­ston and Jaimie Alexan­der, or Cap­tain Marvel, which is yet to be cast.

With the Aus­tralian dol­lar at a six-year low, Marvel is one of sev­eral US stu­dios con­sid­er­ing film­ing in Aus­tralia.

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, who met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from stu­dios in­clud­ing Marvel dur­ing her re­cent trade mis­sion to the US, said Vil­lage Road­show’s new 4000sq m sound stage would boost the state’s ap­peal as a film pro­duc­tion cen­tre.

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