Marvel Comics live-action series to film in New York

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo shakes hand with Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger after announcing a major deal to bring a live-action production of Marvel Comics characters to New York.
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Superheroes will be swooping in on Midtown Manhattan’s streets this summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will play host to four live-action series based on Marvel Comics characters.

Focused on a cast jointly called the Defenders, the series will showcase street-level Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in and around Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

“It is a very, very big deal,” Cuomo said at a press event. “It’s also very cool — especially for a guy like me who deals with what he deals with all day long. To be in the world of superheroes is pretty cool.”

It’s a pretty sweet deal for the state too. Walt Disney Co., Marvel Comics’ parent company, expects drop around $200 million over the span of three years to film the series, expected air on Netflix.

The project is expected to yield 400 full-time jobs and 3,000 part-time production jobs.

“It is an entirely new business line for the state, if you will” Cuomo added. “And it’s going extraordinarily well.”

Walt Disney Company chief Robert Iger agreed, attributing the decision to film in New York to the governor’s state tax credits, reportedly estimated at $4 million.

“There was actually pretty fierce competition among several different locations in the world,” Iger noted.

Cuomo called the competition “ferocious” but that the state’s incentives have resulted in a net gain for New York.

The governor’s office reported that the state received submissions for 183 film productions last year, generating some $2.11 billion worth of business in exchange for a projected $477 million in credits.

While the announcement marked one Cuomo — a Queens native — gave the Disney heads some notes for a future deal.

“There’s a sequel here — I can see it,” Cuomo joked. “‘Boy from Queens’ goes to Albany to fight the evil empire and bring justice to the people of the state.”

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