Filming in Seoul, South Korea, is now in full swing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- but a grim incident cast a pall over the proceedings just as they got underway.
According to Kotaku, filming had just begun on Sunday (March 30) on Seoul's Mapo Bridge when a security guard discovered a dead body floating underneath the span at around 2:15 p.m local time. Seoul police recovered the corpse, which was estimated to be around two weeks old, but it's not clear whether it caused any delays for the production.
Apparently Mapo Bridge, a major thoroughfare that has never been shut down for a movie before, is also a notorious spot for suicides in Seoul. It's gotten to the point that the government has installed LED lights to deter jumpers, along with signs bearing slogans like "The most shining moment of your life has yet to come" and "Your worries will feel like nothing when you get older."
Sadly, the government's efforts have not helped much, since suicides from the bridge have actually risen in recent times.
As for the production, a few photos from the shoot have emerged online (see below), but since they're taken from a distance, all you can see are some of the reportedly 100-plus stunt cars being deployed for whatever scene they're shooting. Security was said to be extremely tight, with some 160 South Korean police officers as well as more than 100 private security guards on site -- my guess is that Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon were not too happy about those photos of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and the top half of Ultron in Italy getting out last week.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters May 1, 2015.