The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios’ next blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War” follows a story of where all the company’s popular superheroes’ friendship is going to break-up over a new law. Superheroes like Iron Man claims that the law is needed for world security. On the other hand, The Captain himself feels it is a breach of his and his fellow superhero’s civil rights.
Now, Disney and Marvel are taking a stand against Georgia, as the companies plan to boycott the shooting location if an anti-gay bill passes. They will possibly take their business elsewhere. At this point, the bill (which was passed by state legislators) is awaiting a signature from Governor Nathan Deal.
Variety says, for years, Georgia has become a production center. Now, Marvel is shooting “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” at Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta. The company also shoots AMC’s zombie megahit “The Walking Dead” in Georgia. Even “Captain America: Civil War” shot there, last summer.
Recently, a company spokesperson made a statement saying, “As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible. We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well,” according to Fuse.
“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” stated further the spokesperson, reveals Variety.
Georgia legislators passed the bill last week. It defends religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. The bill would also allow religious societies to refuse services or employment to those who disobey their “sincerely held religious belief,” reports Variety.
If the company does end up boycotting Georgia, it would be a huge blow to the state, which has offered large tax incentives to Hollywood studios.