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Avengers: Age of Ultron is just a couple of months away from the start of filming, and it seems the film is going to be partially shot in South Africa.
The news comes from ComicBookMovie.com, who report that the movie has “added South Africa-based extras casting coordinator, J.P. van der Merwe, to its production crew list on Internet Movie Database (IMDB)”.
Back in 2013, Marvel Studios requested permission to shoot in Cape Town, South Africa, so I have no real doubts that this would be false. Looking back, a lot of more recent sci-fi films- including District 9, Dredd, and Elysium- have been shot there as well, meaning it’s not such a far-fetched place to film parts of a movie.
Of course, naturally when comic book fans read the combination of words “Avengers” and “Africa”, one immediate thought to occur is African-based hero T’Challa/Black Panther. While Marvel’s president of production Kevin Feige has reported before that a Black Panther movie would most likely be a part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe in the near future, could we get some sort of Easter Egg, reference or even cameo of the hero in the Avengers sequel?
My thoughts: Probably not a cameo. Unless the end credits of the film have something to do with introducing Panther for a solo movie in Phase 3 (unlikely to film there just for a credits scene), then I doubt we’ll be seeing him on-screen before his own film. A reference or Easter Egg, however, is much more likely.
ComicBookMovie.com also brings up the fact that there are multiple scenarios as to why parts of Age of Ultron could take place in South Africa; one of which includes the fact that in the comics, villain Ultron seeks more powerful armor made of Vibranium (a metal only found in Black Panther’s city of Wakanda, which also makes up Captain America’s shield, as previously mentioned in the films).
While this seems like a likely idea, remember that director/writer Joss Whedon previously mentioned that Age of Ultron would be an original story, and not much like the comic books of the past. One of my ideas regarding this is that South Africa could be one of the locations of an Avenger at the beginning of the film, before they all assemble (similar to the first film).
While this is sure to cause a stir of several rumors over the next few months, and even until the release of the film if kept under the right wraps; what do you guys think this means? Sound off in the comments below to discuss this interesting news!
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to hit theaters May 1st, 2015, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and James Spader.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 6th, 2014, with credit to ComicBookMovie.com