Disney’s Avengers: Endgame has been a huge hit at cinemas around the world where it has become the second-highest grossing film in box office history – having made $2.61 billion of which Rmb4.24 billion ($613.4 million) was earned in China.
There was more excitement earlier this month when netizens realised that the scenes shot at the Avengers’ ‘secret headquarters’ used the US head office of Sany Heavy Industry, a Chinese machinery producer that once took Barack Obama to court for blocking its attempt to buy a US wind farm on security concerns.
Sany’s American HQ, which is located in Peachtree City in Georgia, has the capacity to make more than 2,000 excavators a year. After filming finished, the movie team restored the building’s interior to its original look, leaving just a single piece of wall as a memento, according to the Global Times. But Avengers aficionados were still excited that it had featured in the plot.
“How bizarre! So the seemingly very fancy Avengers HQ is actually where Chinese park their excavators!” one fan marvelled on weibo. “Oh my god. My dad was an employee at Sany,” celebrated another. “I am feeling a surge of pride right now.”
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