While principal photography for the sequel to arguably the biggest superhero film in history will be at London’s Pinewood Studios–where Marvel also shot Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy–at least a portion of Avengers: Age of Ultron will apparently be filmed in Cape Town, South Africa (more after the jump). Last May, producer Anant Singh, Chairman of Cape Town Film Studios revealed that his studio was in talks with Marvel to possibly film some of Age of Ultron. Just yesterday, CBM noted that J.P. van der Merwe–a South African casting coordinator–had been added to the Age of Ultron crew. This would appear to confirm that the sequel is indeed being filmed in multiple international locations.
While nothing is certain aside from the use of one single studio in one city in South Africa; to a Marvel fan’s ears, Africa = Wakanda = Black Panther.
For the layman’s benefit, Wakanda is a fictional African nation which exists in the Marvel Universe. It is the not only home to superhero Black Panther, but it is also source of the mysterious metal Vibranium (the substance Captain America’s shield is primarily composed of).
Thus, news of the shooting of a Marvel film in Africa has more than a few fans buzzing about a Black Panther connection–whether as a lead-in to the character’s own standalone film, or even an appearance of the hero himself in Age of Ultron.
The consensus of the Nerd Media seems to be that there is already more than enough supposedly going on in the second Avengers flick: Adding Black Panther to the mix would simply overcrowd an already character-heavy film…
BUT–some kind of connection between Age of Ultron and Black Panther is hardly farfetched: No less a personage than Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has assured the fandom that a Black Panther film is indeed in the works.
In terms of Black Panther, it’s absolutely in development, and when you have something as rich as Wakanda and [Black Panther’s] backstory – and clearly, Vibranium’s been introduced in the universe already – I don’t know when it will be exactly but certainly we have plans to bring him to life someday.
So bottom line: The fact that part of Age of Ultron will be filmed in South Africa probably has little to do with Black Panther….But the character’s film IS happening, and stranger things have occurred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Source: Screen Rant