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Second Norwich link revealed in new Avengers: Endgame film

Chris Hemsworth, Joe Russo and Tom Hiddleston speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for

Chris Hemsworth, Joe Russo and Tom Hiddleston speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Avengers: Infinity War", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Credit: Gage Skidmore

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As the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts returns as Avengers HQ in the new Marvel blockbuster, another link to the city has been revealed.

The American superhero film is the culmination of a 22-film story which included Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

Film crews came to the Sainsbury Centre on the UEA campus in 2014 with stars including Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) spotted on campus as the gallery served as the futuristic base of the Avengers.

The footage was then re-used in the other two films and other releases including Spiderman: Homecoming and Ant-Man.

But the filming location isn't the only influence Norwich has had on the film as the co-director Joe Russo, who works alongside his brother Anthony, studied scriptwriting at UEA.

Film crews at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the University of East Anglia campus setting up for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Picture: www.EnjoyNorwich.comFilm crews at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the University of East Anglia campus setting up for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Picture: www.EnjoyNorwich.com

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Joe began his studies at The University of Iowa majoring in English and he then took an intensive course so he could spend a semester with his brother, who was a year older, in England.

Whilst his brother went to King's College London to study Literature, Joe came to Norwich.

According to Cleveland Magazine, when asked to write and perform a monologue at UEA, he offered a “heady, obtuse and antiestablishment rant about the merits of the assignment, before dramatically exiting the classroom.”

His professor at the university gave him a role in David Mamet's American Buffalo whilst studying there.

Since graduating, the brothers have worked extensively in film and TV including the final two Avengers film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and comedy series Arrested Development which they won an Emmy Award for.

Recent release The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, also featured UEA talent as scriptwriter Deborah Davies studied at UEA.

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