It has been filmed in Bangladesh, Britain, Italy, South Korea and the United States, so the idea that the next installment of The Avengers may be filmed in China is not that farfetched.
“I would love to shoot in China,” says director Joss Whedon. The director was in Beijing recently to promote the latest installment of the film franchise, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or The Avengers 2.
Two other big names behind the smash hit, Robert Downey Jr (who plays Iron Man), and Mark Ruffalo (who plays The Hulk), seemed equally enthusiastic at the idea of a China shoot.
The comic-book-inspired The Avengers 2 opened in 44 film markets outside North America last weekend. It trumped Fast and Furious 7 to top the global box office, taking in $201.2 million yuan in three days.
The film, a sequel to The Avengers (2012), the third-highest-grossing movie in history, will hit cinemas on the Chinese mainland onMay 12.
But on the Beijing promotional tour, talking about prospective boxoffice takings seemed to be the last thing on the minds of Whedon, Downey and Ruffalo.
They were much more interested in talking about Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios movies and their fondness for China.
“About the box office, I can’t really worry about that, as I do sometimes,” Whedon says.
Whedon, Downey and Ruffalo were bombarded with questions about the complex relationship between the six superheroes and their evil rival, an artificial intelligence program named Ultron that is intent on taking over the Earth.
Whedon, who made his name directing TV series such as Buffy theVampire Slayer and Firefly, says his TV years proved valuable training for directing such a large cast.
“When you are doing TV shows you are editing, shooting and writing at the same time. So this kind of workload and taking care of 11 main characters is something that I am very used to,” Whedon says.
Whedon, 50, jokingly described the cast as his “finest puppets”,