11:53am PT by Graeme McMillan
Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2' Shoot in Seoul (Video)
Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has a message for the people of Seoul, where the movie will be shooting for the next two weeks.
Saying that he is “really grateful and excited to be shooting in [Seoul],” Whedon apologized for the disruption the Avengers shoot is likely to cause throughout its two-week duration in South Korea. “We are going to mess it up and inconvenience some people for a few days, and I apologize for that. I know what that’s like, I live in Los Angeles; it happens to me all the time and it’s not fun,” he said in a video note (see below).
“We love this movie, we love your city, and having the two of them together will show the city to the world in a light that I don’t think it’s been shown, certainly not in America,” Whedon continued, adding that he apologizes for how hard it will be to shoot what he described as the “exciting action” scenes in the city and describing the opportunity to do so as “a real privilege.”
The Seoul shoot for Avengers: Age of Ultron will last from March 30 through April 14, with it expected to cause a sizable amount of disruption in the city due to closing off a number of bridges and areas of the city as needed. When the Seoul location was initially announced, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige described South Korea as “the perfect location” for the movie “because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture.”