It been over three years since Disney announced they were buying Marvel for $4 billion but the superhero studio is finally moving in. Or at least closer. And Marvel’s move to Glendale from Manhattan Beach next year is all about getting closer to Disney, literally and figuratively. “Proximity can only help when it comes to collaboration,” said a studio insider today about Marvel’s planed relocation to be nearer the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Marvel has been housing its executive and film production offices at the Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus, which is managed by Raleigh Studios, for nearly four years. Thor reshoots as well as parts of The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger was done at MBS Media Campus. However, with successive Marvel sequels shooting out of state due to more favorable tax incentives, the need for MBS Media Campus’ soundstages and other production facilities became unnecessary, Deadline has been told. “It wasn’t the only reason for the move, but it played a role. They just don’t need all that space,” said an insider. The move to Glendale of about 160 Marvel employees is scheduled to be completed by next April, says another source close to the situation. Marvel Animation Studios, a unit of Marvel Television, is already in Glendale.

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