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Prepare to spot the iconic location of Durham Cathedral in Avengers: Endgame

25 April 2019

The wait is finally over! Avengers: Endgame, the fourth film in the Avengers saga has been released today.  If the release of the film wasn’t exciting enough, eagle-eyed viewers will for the first time get the chance to spot some of Durham Cathedral’s great Norman architecture in the film.

Durham Cathedral was one of the many filming locations used in the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however the cathedral may be harder to spot than you think.

Between April and May 2017, acclaimed American film directors Anthony and Joe Russo were on site, bringing with them an elaborate production crew and significant set props to alter the appearance of the medieval building, in keeping with the context of the Avengers films. Given the magnitude of the project, the exact use of the location, plot and character actors remained firmly guarded secrets, but the directors made time to interact with cathedral staff, volunteers and fans, even taking time out of their busy schedule to speak about the project with the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham.

During the 2017 press call at Durham Cathedral, the Russo brothers said: ‘Durham Cathedral is stunning and one of the great cathedrals of Europe. It’s beautiful. The movie is of an incredible scale and we need locations like Durham Cathedral to satisfy that level of scale. It won’t be represented as what it is, it is standing in for something else in the film, but there will be a significant amount of it in the film.’

As the film features an ensemble cast from the Marvel film franchise, Endgame will see our favourite superheroes prepare to battle Thanos for the final time, in explosive scenes that bring the series to a dramatic end. Those lucky enough to have seen previews have said both tears and laughter are guaranteed. Add to that a cultural sightseeing experience and you’ve got the makings of a smash hit film.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said: ‘Having the Russo brothers and Avengers crew on site at Durham Cathedral provided an unrivalled and unique opportunity for us to share our rich Christian heritage and historic cathedral city to a world-wide audience. Throughout the filming period, the crew firmly respected our core purpose of worship as a living church, as we allowed them to use this special space to bring the age-old story of good versus evil to life. My colleagues and I are extremely excited to see the final product and how our beautiful cathedral will appear on screen. We also look forward to strengthening the regional economy in the wake of the release, as we prepare to welcome new visitors to the cathedral, intent on seeing the filming location first-hand.’

We hope you are excited as we are at Durham Cathedral to try and spot some of our beautiful fabric and features. If you do, make sure to tag us on Twitter and Facebook @durhamcathedral, using the hashtag #AvengersEndgame.