Fort Bard will not be the only location used in Italy, as there will be shoots in the communities of Aosta, Donnas, Pont-Saint-Martin and Verrès. The crew is set to be up to 1,500 people, including 500 extras, with casting beginning soon. The Italian Film Commission sent location proposals to Marvel in May of 2013, so this has been planned for almost a year.
Production will begin this March. It will star Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader, and Thomas Kretschmann. Joss Whedon will direct from his own script. The film will be released on May 1, 2015.