In anticipation of the LA premiere of Iron Man 3 tomorrow, the American Federation of Musicians is out today protesting Marvel Studios. AFM members were outside the midtown Manhattan offices of Marvel on Tuesday handing out leaflets angry with the studio not using their members for Iron Man 3. The union was also on site at a Captain America: The Winter Soldier shoot in downtown LA on Olympic Blvd today and outside of the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood where the IM3 premiere is scheduled for Wednesday evening. About 15 members were at the Captain America sequel site and around 30 to 50 are expected at the Hollywood and Highland location this morning. “Marvel is unfair to musicians because they take tax breaks from states but when it comes to doing a score for their movies, they outsource the work overseas. We’ve been protesting and raising the alarm about this over two years since Iron Man 1 and we feel those jobs belong in the US,” John Acosta VP of AFM Local 47 told me today. It is not clear yet if the AFM plans to be present in some form or another outside the Iron Man 3 premiere tomorrow. In June 2012, AFM protested outside Marvel’s Manhattan Beach offices over the same issue in regards to The Avengers. Iron Man 3 was partially shot in North Carolina last year, a state with very generous tax credits designed to lure Hollywood movies. Members of the 90,000 strong union also protested outside the production of IM3 in Wilmington last August.
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