Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Small Heroes Make Big Impact in Georgia, Generating $63 Million in Economic Activity

July 3, 2018

WASHINGTON – When two diminutive heroes team up on an urgent mission against a powerful new enemy in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, the result is action-packed comedy and outsized economic impact in Georgia. New figures released by the studio show the film’s production has Georgia’s local economy buzzing, generating more than $63 million in economic activity, while paying more than $18.6 million in wages to 2,000 local workers.

Now commonly referred to as “Hollywood South,” Georgia is the third largest production center in the nation, with films like Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and other Marvel Studios’ blockbusters powering a super-sized $9.5 billion in total state economic impact.

To bring Ant-Man and The Wasp to the big screen, the team spent 80 days shooting in Georgia, largely in and around Atlanta. A significant portion of the production’s investments supported a wide array of in-state vendors and small businesses, such as:

  • More than $15.7 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • More than $4.4 million spent on lodging.
  • More than $4.4 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $4.1 on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • More than $1.3 million spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $589,000 spent on local wardrobe, including dry cleaning.

What They’re Saying

MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin: “The Marvel Universe has wowed audiences once again and given Georgia’s creative community another reason to be proud. Ant-Man and The Wasp was made possible by strong partnerships between studios, local government and business leaders, and Georgia’s talented cast and crew—a recipe that has made Atlanta and its surrounding areas a hub for world-class film and television production.”

Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chair Representative Doug Collins (GA-9): “The state of Georgia has become an ideal place from which filmmakers can tell their stories, and that means more quality jobs and business opportunities for Georgians. I’ve worked to support policies that promote this creative industry and welcome news of further investment in our great state.”

Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office Lee Thomas: “Georgia’s first Marvel film was Ant-Man, so of course we were thrilled to host Ant-Man and The Wasp. During their time in Georgia working on this film, Marvel Studios hired thousands of local film crew, actors and extras, boosted hundreds of local businesses, and created a huge economic impact to our state. With the continued support of the Governor and the state legislature, we look forward to Georgia’s growth in the film industry, which employees over 90,000 Georgians.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at Ant-Man and The Wasp, click here.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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For more information, contact:

MPAA Washington, D.C.
Chris Ortman
(202) 293-1966