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‘Iron Man 3’ rumored to choose Wilmington as filming home

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rumor has it the next installment of a successful silver screen series is coming to Hollywood East. According to an entertainment website, “Iron Man 3” is set to bring its massive production to the Port City.

According to entertainment LatinoReview.com, the comic book-turned-blockbuster is set to be a massive production, taking up 10 sound stages at Screen Gems Studios.

“It’s very credible, because it comes from a Marvel source within Screen Gems Studios,” LatinoReview.com Managing Editor Hector Ayala said. “So basically the source, who didn’t want to be named, told us that it’s 90 percent likely that iron man’s next avenger-less outing will be shot in the Port City of Wilmington.”

Ayala says Latino Review has a 98-percent success rate when it comes to getting the scoop on Marvel movies.

Local fans are already buzzing about the possibility.

“I’m extremely excited,” Fan Boy Comics owner Thomas Gilbert said. “I would love to get it here in town. I would love to see some of the actors and talk to some of the people who are involved in the creative end of it. That would be fantastic.”

Bilbert said “Iron Man” has big appeal because the character uses his brains to beat the bad guys and because it kick-started the superhero movie trend. He says the filming would boost his business and our local economy.

Other business owners are already trying to bank on the rumor. Kay Baker and Associates Real Estate is taking the opportunity to try and sell our area and their properties.

Ayala says there are many reasons why marvel would choose Wilmington, like good tax incentives and just a change of scenery from the first two movies.

“They’re building their brand,” he said. “They just want to continue testing out which other states and see how they work there. Eventually, when they have a library, they’ll go back to those specific states. So, yeah, they’re basically taking advantage of the production incentives the states have to offer.”

We spoke with a production assistant working on “One Tree ill” who said no one at Screen Gems is willing to comment, because they don’t want to jeopardize the production’s privacy, but another film industry source told us he heard “Iron Man 3” producers were checking out Screen Gems recently.

“Iron Man 3” is set to hit movie theaters in May 2013.

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