DisneyMarvel Disney And Marvel Stand Against Anti-Gay Legislation In Georgia written by Sean Gerber March 23, 2016 “I don’t like bullies. I don’t care where they’re from.” – Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America Disney and Marvel stand ready to boycott Georgia, should Governor Nathan Deal sign an anti-gay, “religious liberty” bill into law. Disney and Marvel have made Atlanta, Georgia the home of recent productions including Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and the currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The plan is also to shoot both installments of Avengers: Infinity War in Atlanta, so this is a very big deal and Disney is willing to forego major tax incentives in order to make sure the company is not doing business in a state where people may not be treated equally under the law. We are talking about tens of millions of dollars lost in tax incentives for Disney and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars pulled from the Georgia economy over the next few years. The Georgia incentive provides a baseline tax credit of 20% for practically all production costs incurred within the state (payroll, hotels, airfare, location fees, and much more). An additional 10% is picked up when that little “Made in Georgia” logo is included in the credits, bringing the total incentive to 30%. For a Marvel movie, this could easily mean $75 million to $100 million spent in Georgia, netting a tax credit of $22.5 million to $30 million. It could be more of less depending on the size of a budget and how many production needs can be taken care of within the state, but regardless, we’re talking about several million dollars per film at least. There are other places with other tax incentives where Disney, Marvel, and any other studio that takes a similar stand could go, but people love shooting in Georgia because the tax incentive well never runs dry there like it has so often in other states. You can make a career for yourself in movie and television production without ever having to leave Atlanta, as the city has essentially become Hollywood East. This is potentially a very expensive principle to stand on, but there’s no doubt that equality for all is worth so much more. Earlier today, a Disney spokesman said, “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.” I applaud Disney and Marvel for taking this stand against potentially legalized discrimination and for simply doing the right thing. Now it’s Governor Deal’s turn. Source: Variety Disney And Marvel Stand Against Anti-Gay Legislation In Georgia was last modified: March 23rd, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related 6 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Disney Premieres First Clip And New Website For THE JUNGLE BOOK next post Chris Pratt Invites You To The Set Of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 You may also like It’s Okay To Say: Marvel Is Winning October 31, 2014 Meet The New THOR; She Is Worthy July 15, 2014 Funko Invites You To Join The MARVEL... January 29, 2015 Marvel & DC: Unite the Two. April 17, 2015 Book Review: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SPIDER-MAN July 10, 2014 D23 EXPO Returns July 2017, Before SDCC March 28, 2016 Marvel Slings a Web Series July 11, 2013 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Clips Released March 12, 2014 Moving Forward, No News Is Good News... March 3, 2017 10 Plausible Oscar Nominations For Future Superhero... February 29, 2016 Hey berto I’m not in favor of the proposed legislation, but I’m pretty tired of the boycott business. I’m sure there are a lot of good peoples names the movie business there that now count on revenue from that industry, that will be affected by people pulling their business out of the state. I don’t think politicians give two shits if productions leave. So the people they’re hurting aren’t the people they’re intending to hurt. I respect taking a stand, but I think that’s best done by being vocal. Not removing the livelihood of their own of their own industry. Sean Gerber It is the job of elected officials to care about the well-being of their constituents. Governor Deal has the authority he needs to prevent this boycott from happening. All he has to do is not make it legal in his state to discriminate against people. Disney and other studios are well within their rights to not do business with a place that wants to treat people differently under the law. They’ve given their terms to Governor Deal and now he just has to do the right thing. Hey berto While I personally agree with you on every front. I think it hurts the wrong people, and the people they want to hurt by pulling out don’t care if Disney leaves. I think there are better ways to affect change. Sean Gerber Disney isn’t the one who’d be hurting people. It’d be the legislators and governor. Hey berto I think it’s fair to say all parties are to blame. I’m not defending Nathan Deal, but you can’t expect a politician to act in the best interests of every citizen. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but my issue isn’t being critical of the legislation… it’s that boycotting only emboldens the opposition, and while Disney’s stance is commendable, I don’t think their actions are, and I’m not happy about those that will be caught in the crossfire. Hey berto Thankfully, it was vetoed this morning. Growing up in rural Georgia, my Facebook feed is pretty divided right now, but I’m happy it failed on principle, not because of Marvel or anyone else.