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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Joss Whedon talks characters and filming

Superhero movies have been the most successful films at the box office for the last decade, and now the most anticipated superhero sequel is about to begin filming. On April 24 posted an interview with Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige about "Avengers: Age of Ultron," including filming locations and the new villain. The film will introduce new characters to the Marvel cinematic universe and setup the third film in the franchise.

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The sequel is currently filming in London, where many of the cast have been completing pre-production. At least one scene set in the 1940s has already been completed, so Captain America (Chris Evans) has a part in the upcoming sequel, which will be affected by the events in "Captain America 3: The Winter Soldier." Additional filming locations include South Africa and Italy's Fort Bard. Whedon, who will return to direct the sequel, recently released a video apologizing to the citizens of Seoul, South Korea for shooting a disaster scene.

The villain in the sequel will be the robotic Ultron, played by actor James Spader. Whedon calls the character "genuinely disturbed" and while he is the main threat in the film he is not the only threat. Hydra's Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) will make an appearance and he will be joined by his new companions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The pair are twins with the power of telekinesis and superhuman speed.

MTV revealed on April 24 that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will not make an appearance in the sequel. The new film will take place on a larger global scale, putting the characters in danger and spreading them across the world. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). War Machine (Don Cheadle) was also recently revealed to appear in the sequel.

Whedon has spoken out against just including characters for the sake of inclusion, so every characters has an important role to play. The story will fit into the Marvel cinematic universe as well as be watchable for anyone who hasn't seen the first film or the other Marvel standalone superhero films. The visual style of the film will also be different due to the many different filming locations. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters across the world in May 2015.

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