Marvel’s upcoming film Captain Marvel will receive tax credits for filming in California, one of three big budget films to earn tax credits this year.
After twenty films without a single one starring a female lead, Marvel Studios will release Captain Marvel in 2019. Why did it take so long? They were just waiting for the right time, of course. And maybe they were right; by waiting twenty movies before a female-led film co-directed by a woman, it looks like Marvel will save some money in addition to breaking new ground (that their competitor, DC, already broke just four movies into their shared cinematic universe).
Variety reports that Captain Marvel will be one of the first big budget films eligible for the tax credit program after a change to the law allowing productions with budgets higher than $75 million to apply. Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time got the credits last year, while Island Plaza and Midway join Captain Marvel in this years beneficiaries.
The tax credits ostensibly reward companies for creating jobs in California. Many states have similar tax breaks to encourage local productions.
At the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Marvel revealed that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s and feature the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance of the Skrulls.