Xu Fan

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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”,

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