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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