'Avengers' Shoots Fireballs, Takes Over NASA Station

The AvengersMarvel’s superhero team-up movie “The Avengers” is shaping up to be one of 2012’s most anticipated films, with an all-star line-up of characters and actors, and even geek-hero writer/director Joss Whedon at the helm. So, it should come as no surprise that we habitually scour the Internet for news about the film’s ongoing production and today, we have two tidbits, both via the fine folks at Superhero Hype.

First up, news that “Avengers” filming has moved on to Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. While there’s no word on which, if any, of the movie’s cast members will be involved, Cleveland.com has revealed that what will be present are a “series of exploding fireballs at the former Chevrolet Powertrain building.”

“The explosions, with fireballs that will reach 30 feet into the air, are part of the filming sequence of battles that will begin in Cleveland on Monday,” Michael Sangiacomo reports.

Meanwhile, about an hour to the west, in Sandusky, Ohio, production on “The Avengers” has also taken up residence at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. The facility’s Space Power Facility is standing in for a S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility, but the Sandusky Register reports that NASA logos will likely be visible in the final film.

While the initial report from the Sandusky Register only points out Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury as being on set, a subsequent article from Cleveland.com states that Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, was also spotted on set.

“The Avengers” will finally hit theaters on May 4, 2012, and stars Jackson, Renner, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and more.

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