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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says filming of the Marvel Studios superhero movie “The Avengers” will take place in Cleveland.

Kasich made the announcement Thursday before Mayor Frank Jackson’s State of the City address.

The film for release next year features the Marvel comics superheros, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

Ohio Film Office publicist Katie Sabatino says the state was in discussions with Marvel throughout the week before reaching an agreement.

The Detroit Free Press reported last month that Marvel considered filming in Detroit but backed out after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proposed eliminating the state’s film incentive program.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for a firm representing Marvel Studios.

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