Cleveland is one of several locations used for The Avengers. Others were Wilmington, Ohio; Washington, Pa.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and New York City.

Even though some scenes were shot in New York (including Central Park), and that is a major setting for the movie, Cleveland filled in for the Big Apple in some situations because, as one producer says in the film’s notes, “the logistics of staging the massive production entirely in the city proved to be too difficult.”

Cleveland, then, has “the biggest action sequences in the film,” Marvel Studios says. “In the scene, unknown evil forces attack New York City, culminating with a massive strafing run of explosions on 42nd Street.” Set on East Ninth Street in Cleveland, the preparation and shooting of that scene shut down the area for four weeks. The logistics included the use of about 15 cameras. Subway stops and new storefronts were added, and there were many onlookers.

Scenes showing the aftermath of the strafing attack include 25 members of the Columbus-based 391st Military Police Battalion, who brought their own firepower, including 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19 grenade launchers.

In addition to the New York sequence, Cleveland’s Public Square was turned into Stuttgart, Germany, for the movie, complete with words on building facades changed and a “biergarten” added.

The hubbub impressed actor George Hamilton, a former Clevelander who was back in town during the shooting. “I went to Hollywood” to make movies, he said. “If I had just stayed here long enough, I could have made a movie here!”

— Source: Marvel Studios/

Paramount Pictures