THE AVENGERS Are Going Global; AGE OF ULTRON To Shoot In Italy And South Korea Too

THE AVENGERS <i>Are</i> Going Global; AGE OF ULTRON To Shoot In Italy And South Korea Too

We've already heard from the director himself that The Avengers sequel will be a global film, but now we have two additional shooting locations for precision - South Korea and Italy. Check it out!

"It's very much a global Avengers film," revealed Joss Whedon last year when he was asked about the scale of the Age of Ultron. "A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world," he added, which makes today's news very much welcomed. According to badtaste, it was announced this morning that, in addition to the United Kingdom and South Africa, filming for the anticipated Marvel sequel will take place in the northern region of Italy. More precisely, the 19th-century rectangular fortress in "Fort Bard and Aosta Valley will act as a 'set' of many scenes" in the Age of Ultron. This announcement apparently came from the President of the Region of Valle d'Aosta. And considering the European background of Earth's Mightiest Heroes' newest recruits, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, played by actors Alan Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in the film, the aforementioned filming location could very well be their initial setting in the movie.

UPDATE: Some additional details from the above press conference have been revealed via @micky_402. "During the past year there was an ongoing exchange with the production, that visited the region many times. Besides Bard, where the main unit will shoot, filming will take place also in Aosta, Donnas, Point-St-Martin and Verres, all locations chosen by Joss Whedon."

Meanwhile, reports surfaced earlier this week that The Avengers: Age of Ultron was also setting sights on South Korea. While Bruce Banner/Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo has declared that there are no plans "at the moment" to shoot in Korea ("although the Marvel universe is big"), the film's representatives apparently confirmed to both KDramaStar and Allkpop that it was deemed official. "At least 10 to 15 minutes of The Avengers sequel will take place in Gangnam and Gyeonggi-do. One of Korea's top production teams has already been chosen to work with the Hollywood film production crew." What neither of the two credible Korean sites could confirm was the other rumor mentioned that a Korean actress was being sought for a villain role involving the titular villain Ultron "waking up and wreaking havoc in the surrounding area." What do you think?

(left: Bard Fort in the Aosta Valley region of Italy; right: Gangnam District in South Korea

The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader. The anticipated film is set to release on May 1, 2015.
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