With the inclusion of both Black Widow and the Winter Soldier in the upcoming Captain America sequel, it was believed that the backsory of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff would be explored in that political thriller film. However, according Chris Evans, "Black Widow's whole arc [in The Winter Soldier] is coming to terms with her history - that she's been a spy, and spies aren't necessarily trustworthy." According to Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige, Widow's backstory will actually be explored in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
"We start filming the next Avengers film at the end of March," said Feige in the latest issue of Total Film magazine. "[Black] Widow's part in that is very big. We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."
"We wanted to change the dynamic of the cinematic universe with this film," said Feige of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "We wanted Cap and really the entire cinematic universe to be very different at the end of Winter Solider than it is at the beginning. Therefore when we meet the Avengers at the top of Age of Ultron, it's a very different landscape than we left them at the end of the film film. Partically that's because we love the rhythm that the comic books have developed - each of the characters appear in their runs, occasionally they get together for a big event or crossover series, they part again, and then they come back together again."
"We’ve done some costume stuff, yeah! My favourite piece is my secrecy cloak that prevents anyone from seeing what I’m wearing. There’s a hood, and a robe – it protects the image! I don’t think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits; I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn’t be fun for anyone who wasn’t those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic-book character but it’s different, more rooted. It’s for someone today. Well, if someone walked around wearing what she wore in the comics, people would stop and say, ‘What the hell… she thinks she’s a superhero!’"
Avengers: Age of Ultron begins shooting today in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to reports, this will be the setting of the opening 10 minutes of the film. Unfortunately for the citizens of Johannesburg, none of the actual Avengers are currently on location with the crew.
The opening of the first Avengers centered on S.H.I.E.L.D., Loki and the Tesseract, establishing the story for that film. The South Africa opening will most likely do the same. It should be noted that Johannesburg will reportedly serve as Johannesburg and not as a substitute for another city.
After filming for two weeks in South Africa, the crew will move on to Italy, South Korea and Pinewood Studios in the UK, where most of the film will be shot.
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