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Superhero film shuts down North Beach streets Wednesday, Russian Hill today

“Ant-Man” sequel shooting shuts down traffic and curbs parking

Photo by William Tung

Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but Marvel’s Ant-Man likes to keep the action to street level. A movie shoot for the film’s franchise will affect traffic in Russian Hill today and in North Beach on Wednesday.

The movie shoot tying up streets around town is actually permitted under the title Cherry Blue.

However, according to Hoodline it’s actually the upcoming Marvel superhero film Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, which was also shot partly in San Francisco.

Movies often assume faux titles during production to cut down on unwanted attention. (For example, Return of the Jedi secured permits as Blue Harvest in the ’80s so that obsessive Star Wars fans wouldn’t crash the set.)

Permitted film shoots mean cash for the city and a boon for tourism, but they can be a pain for locals. Until 4 p.m. today, traffic is closed on the following streets:

  • Jones Street between Green Street and Pacific Avenue.
  • Vallejo Street between Leavenworth and Jones Streets.
  • Glover Street between Leavenworth and Jones Streets.

Additionally, Heather MacLean, a manager on the shoot, tells Curbed SF that the filmmakers have permits for the Montgomery and Broadway area on Wednesday.

The North Beach permits cover 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. although MacLean promises shooting “won’t go that late” and assures us “all SFMTA traffic will go through.”

The 2015 film Ant-Man shot in more than a dozen locations in San Francisco, although most of the movie shot in Atlanta. Grossing more than $500 million worldwide set the movie up for the sequel now in production on San Francisco streets, scheduled for a 2018 release.

The studio hasn’t announced any more sequels after that, but give them time.

Michael Holly