There are several very clear skyline shots over the course of Season 1 of Jessica Jones. However, not in a single one of them is Stark/Avengers tower visible.

NY Skyline

From my understanding of the timeline, Season 1 takes place well after the first Avengers movie. Additionally, the announcement trailer for Jessica Jones displays Avengers tower in one scene (around the 32 second mark).

Why is such an obvious sign of the MCU blatantly absent from every possible shot that could make the MCU feel more cohesive?

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    I'm not that familiar with the NYC skyline, where should Avengers tower be in that picture? I'd guess the tall black building on the left edge. – user1027 Jan 20 '16 at 20:44
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    Not necessarily that specific image, but that scene, in particular, did a lot of sweeping shots of the entire skyline without one nod to the universe in which it belongs. – Michael Irigoyen Jan 20 '16 at 20:46
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    Maybe Luke’s just standing right in front of it. – Paul D. Waite Jan 20 '16 at 21:50
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    +1 As I noticed the same thing and was my biggest annoyance in Dardevil. As for its location, it's built on top of the MetLife/PanAm building. – Crazy Dino Jan 21 '16 at 10:00
  • Is it the right part of the city, though? Is the Flatiron Building visible in any shots? The Empire State Building? It would have been a nice touch, but NYC is a big place, and not every building is visible from every spot. – David Conrad Jan 28 '16 at 19:10

It was certainly in the show's teaser trailer as well as the poster shots for the show, but not in the show itself.

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There were, as you've noted, several skyline shots over the course of the series. Adding a fake building to each one, every single time would have added considerable expense to the show's budget

If I had to guess, the makers probably decided that the million-dollar pricetag of adding a CGI building to the skyline, merely to satisfy the one-in-a-thousand uberfan who might actually notice simply wasn't worth it.

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    Is that figure just a spitball or did you actually find a VFX studio that charges a million dollars for one CGI building in a backdrop that is still in business? – TylerH Jan 20 '16 at 21:31
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    A good read, but note that he says costs can approach $80,000 per shot, not per second. A shot is akin to a take; one shot can be a few seconds or it can be the entire length of a film. Also, they'd definitely just take a couple shots and recycle them to save money, rather than have a VFX team re-do the same scene for multiple shots. But I don't want to digress into a discussion on VFX production costs here on an answer) – TylerH Jan 20 '16 at 21:42
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    @TylerH - Even if they mean "one 10 second take = $80K" (which I don't think they do, but who the hell cares?), that still equates to at least 2-3 shots per series. A considerable amount of money to do something very mundane and largely unnoticed by 99.9998% of viewers. That money could be better spent on an extra TV spot or some magazine advertising. – Valorum Jan 20 '16 at 21:46
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    @MichaelIrigoyen - I would refer to anyone who pauses & rewinds the show to see if something is missing as an uberfan :-) – Valorum Jan 20 '16 at 22:27
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    @Joe They reference the alien invasion and the Hulk multiple times. – Azor Ahai -- he him Jan 21 '16 at 4:13

In the movie Avengers:Age of Ultron, it is shown that the Avengers HQ is shifted to another place, a greeny flatland, and not the tower. Let's assume that the events occurring in jessica jones is after Avengers2 events.

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    ...And therefore? – Mithical Jan 21 '16 at 5:48
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    It doesn't matter that the Avengers HQ has moved; Stark Tower still exists. – David K Jan 21 '16 at 14:42

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