Fans catch glimpse of Captain America in Mapo

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Fans catch glimpse of Captain America in Mapo

Captain America made an appearance yesterday in Sangam-dong, Mapo District, western Seoul, where he shot scenes for the upcoming movie “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which began filming in the capital city on Sunday at Mapo Bridge.

American actor Chris Evans, who stars as the patriotic super soldier, arrived at Incheon International Airport on Thursday afternoon looking completely different from the character he plays, sporting a thick beard and dark hair.

But that all changed yesterday when he showed up cleanshaven and with lighter locks in Digital Media City. Evans began shooting scenes in costume at 11 a.m. that included one in which he clings to the windshield of a moving vehicle.

Disney’s Marvel Studios, which was previously worried about possible leaks, opened the area to the public and allowed people to take photographs and videos so long as they did not interrupt filming.

“We’re opening the scene on April 4 because it is a public area and we want to show our appreciation for people’s cooperation,” an official from Walt Disney Company Korea, the distributor of the movie in Korea, said yesterday.

“We are allowing uploads of photos and video clips on social networking sites, unless they were taken before or after today’s filming or they might spoil the movie in advance.”

The filming area was noticeably more crowded Friday than on previous days, the third and last day of shooting in the area.

“We went to the Mapo Bridge [on Sunday] to see the filming but couldn’t see anything,” said Jeong Hye-sun, who visited Digital Media City with his son. “My 7-year-old son is a fan of Captain America, so we came here right away when we heard they opened the filming location.”

Some people in the crowd carried binoculars and digital cameras hoping to catch a glimpse of Evans in his superhero gear.

More scenes were shot in the afternoon, including a car chase in which the body double for Scarlett Johansson, who plays the Black Widow (aka Natalia Romanova), rode a motorcycle between cars. Evans wrapped up filming in the morning and did not take part in those scenes, though he stayed on location and watched.

According to the traffic control plan released by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, filming will continue until April 15 in and outside of Seoul.

Additional scenes will be shot at Cheongdam Grand Bridge today and Gangnam Station tomorrow.

BY MIN KYUNG-WON AND KOO HYE-JIN [bongmoon@joongang.co.kr]

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