Will we see Black Panther in Avengers: Age of Ultron or not? There has been much speculation that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be using Johannesburg, South Africa as the fictional African country of Wakanda, homeland of T'Challa, but a new report indicates that Johannesburg will be used as itself in the first ten minutes of the sequel.
SA Breaking News reports that parts of the city's Central Business District will be closed for filming throughout this week, with production starting on February 11. The most telling part of this report is that these Johannesburg scenes will be used to portray the actual city itself, a rarity in Hollywood, according to Gauteng Film Commission's Desmond Mthembu.
"The great thing about this movie is that they are shooting Johannesburg as Johannesburg. Often you will find filmmakers will shoot in Johannesburg and portray the location as Los Angeles. This time around the first 10 minutes of the film will be of Johannesburg."
None of the major stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson or Chris Evans will be present for the South Africa shoot. In the Marvel comics, Wakanda is the homeland of Black Panther which is also where vibranium is found, the indestructible metal used to create Captain America's shield.
Of course, it's still possible that the sequel will feature a reference to Wakanda, since the studio is still developing a Black Panther movie that may be featured in Marvel's Phase Three. It has also been speculated that Johannesburg could serve as the initial home to Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), but that has not been confirmed. It is believed that Baron von Strucker is the Avengers' original target in the beginning of the movie, and that he would somehow introduce the superheroes to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.