Joss Whedon on Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Global Focus

Continuing a busy week of news coming out of Marvel Studios, Avengers: Age of Ultron writer and director Joss Whedon stopped by Marvel’s own “The Watcher” webseries to chat about his plans for next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“We wanted the world perspective on The Avengers,” Whedon says. “…[We shot] up in the Italian Alps. We were in Seoul, Korea. We were in Johannesburg. We shot a little in Bangladesh. Then all over England.”

Although production is complete, Whedon is hard at work on editing the May 1, 2015 release with plans to incorporate more than 3,000 VFX shots, the most of any Marvel Studios film to date.

“Weirdly,” Whedon deadpans, “the whole film takes place in Cleveland.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.