The movie business is a tough gig. Sometimes you’ve got to go to extraordinary lengths just to get the perfect three second shot of a building exploding. Sure, you can do a lot of this from within the relative seclusion of a studio sound stage. But there’s certain films that are simply too big for a set to fully contain. Sometimes you have to go outside, into a city, set up your cameras, and blow some shit up. Is it badass? Absolutely. But it can be a bit of an inconvenience to the residents of the city; a regular old Joe Schmo who just wants to walk down to his usual deli and get a sandwich, only to find a thirty-foot high spaceship crash-landed in the middle of the street blocking his way. That kind of thing can happen on any film set. So what happens when you’ve got to film the sequel to one of the biggest films of all time? You’ve got to blow lots of shit up, that’s what. Which would make any resident annoyed, much less those who live in a city where this kind of thing doesn’t happen that often. So when Joss Whedon and his film crew posted up in Seoul, South Korea to prepare to shoot The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he did the only sensible thing he could think of: He apologised in advance.
The Avengers production will be in Seoul for just over two weeks, and the final cut of the film will allegedly feature approximately 20 minutes of South Korea footage, which means that there’s some serious explosions and destruction planned probably (hopefully). Major roads and bridges will be closed in what is reportedly the largest cooperation the city has had with any film production.
As for Whedon, how could you ever stay mad at that face?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released on May 1, 2015.