The Sokovia filming location: Where was The Avengers: Age of Ultron filmed?

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The second part of the Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers, is the most international Marvel movie yet. It was shot on location in five different countries: Italy, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom and Bangladesh. The production was based in Shepperton Studios (part of Pinewood Studios), near London.

The movie shows an impressive cast of stars, including Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff or Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark or Iron Man) (Robert Downey Jr.), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury or the S.H.I.E.L.D. boss), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers or Captain America), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). No contains spoilers!

Italy

Hydra fortress Italy
The Hydra fortress at the beginning of the film, located in the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia, was filmed in Fort Bard. This is a 19th-century castle, situated in the historic route that controls the pass between Italy and France in the Aosta Valley (northwest of Italy). For the Avengers attack, the castle was lined with fake snow and many extras were recruited from the local population. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios and Crivellari Giulio


Sokovia location
Sections of the city of Aosta were transformed into Sokovia's capital. Explosions, rubble and terror unleashed around the market square. Some more scenes were also filmed in the towns of Donnas, Verrès and Pont-Saint-Martin (pictured), featuring an angry Scarlet Witch and her speedy brother, Quicksilver.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios and Google Maps


Where is Sokovia filmed
It seems that the former Yugoslavia was the inspiration for Sokovia; The signs of the streets were replaced by others in Serbian, and some old eastern European cars were placed in the set.
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Bangladesh

Shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh
A brief establishing shot not including actors, representing a shipyard (Salvage Yard) when Ultron is meeting an arms dealer, was captured in Chittagong. Here is located the famous toxic shipbreaking yards. You may have seen before impressive images or videos of massive ships that are being dismantled on the beach. Do you know that the idea of setting the 2020 Extraction movie with Chris Hemsworth in Dhaka was born after scouting the country for the Avengers? Check out all the details here in our report: Where was Extraction filmed?
Image by Naquib Hossain

South Africa

Iron Man in Johannesburg sequence
The square in the City Hall of Johannesburg became a battlefield, featuring the Hulk and the fat version of Iron Man, the Hulkbuster armor. Cast and crew were filming in South Africa for two weeks, blocking streets and creating some traffic jams around the Central Business District of Johannesburg. Outdoors were also recorded in Carlton Centre, at Rea Vaya bus stations and in Gandhi Square. The Last Days of American Crime city from the Netflix action movie was also filmed in this area of the South African metropolis.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios and Google Maps


South Korea

Captain America shield with motorcycle
A good chunk of The Avengers is set in Seoul. The Gangnam (style) Boulevard area was used to shoot scenes involving Ultron, Captain America and Black Widow among others. Image by courtesy of Marvel Studios


The Avengers Drehorte
The Avengers jet taking off in Nuritkum Square, in the Digital Media City.
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Captain America and the Sevit island is Seoul
The floating artificial Sevit islands on the Han River appear in the movie as the U-Gin Genetics Research building. More action scenes were filmed at the massive Cheongdam Bridge (which connects two sides of the city with road traffic and a line of Seoul Subway), the almost one mile long Mapo Bridge and at Ttukseom park.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios and Republic of Korea


United Kingdom

Scene Wolverine in a snowed forest
The Hawley Woods in Hampshire and Bourne Woods in Surrey staged the battle scene in the snow at the beginning of the movie, including armoured vehicles. The house of The Old Guard movie was also filmed near here.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios


Hawkeye's secret family house
The secret safe house that is supposed to be somewhere in the west coast of the USA, it's also located in the UK. It was built in the estate Stratfield Saye in Hampshire, owned by the Duke of Wellington.
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Interior Rivoli Ballroom London
The red velvet Rivoli Ballroom offers genuine decor, almost untouched since it was renovated in the 1950s. It has been used in many other movies. In the Age of Ultron, this dance hall appears in a flashback sequence taking place during World War II. Image by London Lime


fight scene ultron ship
This location is a bit hidden: the sequence inside a boat was filmed in a venue in the middle of London, called The Printworks. Image by Blank Canvas


God of thunder inside temple church
Thor has a vision and sees a temple filmed at St Bartholomew the Great church in London (pictured). The Cursed castle location was also shot here. Some more locations in the UK include the Royal Holloway College in Surrey, the tunnels of the Dover Castle in Kent (Hydra Fortress), and the Hendon Police College in London (that was also used for scenes of the city of Sokovia, including a set of a ruined church).
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios and David Iliff


New Avengers headquarters
The Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts building from University of East Anglia in Norwich, was used to shoot some outdoor scenes for the New Avengers headquarters. A large “A” sign for the Avengers was placed inside the coffee shop of the building. Image by Martin and Richard Mark Smith

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For further information we recommend the high-quality hardcover book Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Art of the Movie packed with lots of content about the concept art, production design, visual effects, set photography, interviews, and more.

From the same series there are also available the volumes Marvel's Captain America: Civil War: The Art of the Movie, or the one from the previous movie Marvel's Iron Man 3:

  

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7 comments

  1. Hi, nice article. Just a small correction: "French-speaking corner northwest of Italy" - Italian is the main language over here too :)

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  2. Was it filmed in the building opposite Wembley stadium/sse arena?

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  3. Wembley stadium in London? We don't think so...

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  4. Hi, great post. Makes clear where it was filmed, so thank you! But I was still wondering where was the black widow red room flashback filmed? The place looked amazing! Thank you!

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