CLEVELAND -- "It was phenomenal!"
"I'm gonna go see it again about five times!"
"It was amazing."
That's a small sampling of the rave reviews from fans who poured out of Tuesday night's Cleveland premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Those invited to the premiere included local extras and crew members.
Although none of the film's major stars were in town to walk the red carpet, brotherly hometown directors Joe and Anthony Russo were the headliners of the Valley View event.
"We, as fans, have always preferred the tougher version of Captain America," Anthony Russo says. "That's where this movie takes him."
A little less than a year ago, the Russo brothers brought Marvel back to Cleveland for several weeks as production on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" made an undeniable impact on the region.
"It's about $430 million in wages here in Ohio," Chris Dodd, CEO for the Motion Picture Association of America says. "This movie generated 900 jobs."
With the movie making its national debut this Friday, rumors are already swirling that "Captain America 3" could be returning to Cleveland next year.
And the city of Cleveland would be ready to host the superhero extravaganza.
Until then, local officials are working to stay ahead of neighboring states with new methods of attracting more movie and television productions.
"The next step is infrastructure, creating soundstages and bringing the permanents of this industry here, which we are working on right now," says Ivan Schwarz of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.