Joss Whedon is sorry for what he's about to bring down on the capital of South Korea.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is about to begin shooting for two weeks in Seoul, and its writer/director has a message for its people: Please forgive us.
Whedon said in a newly posted video that he was really "grateful and excited" to be filming in the city, but added, "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."
Age of Ultron will shoot in Seoul from this Sunday, March 30, through Monday, April 14, and the production will apparently require the closing of several bridges and various areas of the city as what Whedon described as a number of "exciting action" scenes are filmed, causing major disruptions in the city of more than 10 million.
Whedon also called filming in Seoul "a real privilege," explaining, "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.”
A list of the locations where the movie will be filming can be found here, and the U.S. Embassy has weighed in on Twitter (see below -- and by the way, what are Wasp, Thanos, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther and Ant-Man doing in that picture??)
Why the apology in advance? It's possible it might be customary in Korean society, but we doubt that fans in Seoul will be fuming once they get an eyeful of what the director presumably has planned. We're sure they'll have their camera phones and tablets ready to roll as well, so expect to see a lot of photos emerging in the next two weeks as Ultron takes over one of the largest and most globally important cities in the world.
Avengers 2 starts shooting in Seoul on March 30. If you see a big green man, don’t be afraid! pic.twitter.com/qSB8rheIGs— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@usembassyseoul) March 19, 2014