Joss Whedon On The International Reach Of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

"This is a very global film"

In case the backgrounds glimpsed in the teaser trailer don’t give it away, Marvel Studios’ forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron broadens the scope of the series away from the first movie’s New York-centric focus.

During an appearance on Marvel’s own The Watcher web series, Age of Ultron writer and director Joss Whedon explained why the movie’s production schedule had included stops in Korea, South Africa and Italy, in addition to its English base. “Weirdly enough, the entire film takes place in Cleveland,” he joked.

“This is a very global film,” he went on. “We wanted the world perspective on the Avengers, what they’re doing, what they’ve been doing and who they are. They’re being the Avengers, and that’s a global thing, and it’s also… it doesn’t make everybody love them. So we wanted to see both sides of that.”

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The global setting of Age of Ultron follows a tradition of international locales started in 2010’s Iron Man 2, which had a sequence set at the Monaco Grand Prix. Much of Captain America: The First Avenger took place in Europe during World War II, while Thor: The Dark World’s Earth-bound scenes happened in the United Kingdom, and international versions of Iron Man 3 featured an entire subplot set in China. It’s only a matter of time before a future Guardians of The Galaxy movie will feature an entire planet that looks very like contemporary Australia, let’s face it.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is due for release May 2015.

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