Forget Hollywood, the future of movies could perhaps be moving to Collingwood (that's in Australia, by the way). According to sources closely associated with Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tales, the studio giant might be looking to film some of its Marvel movies in The Land Down Under.
Apparently, the production of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 had a 'bonza' time in Australia (when you forget about that whole international scandal caused by Johnny Depp's dogs, that is) which has led producers to seriously consider Australia for future projects.
Anonymous sources told Yahoo 7 News that Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Marvel might begin scouting for locations in Australia, stating:
"The big bosses were very pleased throughout the year it took to shoot out here and now they’re looking at bringing out one of the Marvel films."
In fact, it seems the production staff of Pirates might have already conducted the initial scouting work for Marvel. The source added:
"They were also able to work across a lot of different locations which has saved them scouting for the Marvel movie."
Watch Chris Hemsworth hide his Aussie accent in this Thor: The Dark World clip:
Much of this decision will likely be financially driven. Australia is one of the many countries which has begun to court big name American film productions with tax credits and other incentives.
Great Britain has already attracted blockbusters to its shores with similar tax schemes (including most notably the studio scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) and it seems Australia also wants to get in on that rather substantial money pie. Bringing a film production to your country and be a massive boon for local business, employment and tourism. I mean, just look at New Zealand. No one would have heard of those guys if it wasn't for The Lord of the Rings. Joking aside, I know two Kiwis and both of them did actually work on The Hobbit.
Although these rumors have still not been confirmed by any official Disney or Australian channels, it might be good news for Aussie-native, Chris Hemsworth. The Thor actor, who hails from Byron Bay, can still do the job he loves, while also eating as many vegemite sandwiches as his antipodean heart desires.
Source: Yahoo 7 News