Black Panther is currently in the middle of principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, a location where most of the Marvel movies in recent years have shot. However, the production won't be limiting itself to just this one place. Last week, Marvel Studios mentioned in their official Black Panther casting announcement that shooting would also take place in South Korea, and now there's word that there will be a major chase scene shot in the East Asian country.
Variety reports that Black Panther's chase scene will be shot in Busan, a port city, and landmarks like Gwangalli beach, Gwangan Bridge, and the Jagalchi fish market will be used. According to production service company Mr. Romance Film, this will be a car chase between the main protagonist, T'Challa, and "the villain," though they didn't specify which bad guy. 150 cars and more than 700 people will reportedly be involved in the shoot, as well as helicopters and guns firing blanks.
This won't be the first time a Marvel movie is shot in South Korea. 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron traveled to Seoul to shoot its own chase sequence, where Earth's Mightiest Heroes had to pursue Ultron and steal the synthetic body he had made for himself from vibranium and the Mind Stone; that body soon after became The Vision. However, it's unlikely that these areas will actually be seen in Black Panther as parts of South Korea within the story. Most of the movie will be set in Wakanda, the fictional African country that T'Challa is now ruling over following the death of his father, T'Chaka, in Captain America: Civil War. While there's a slim chance that T'Challa may have to leave his nation to chase after one of his foes, it's much more plausible that Busan will stand-in for a portion of Wakanda. That said, Black Panther will reportedly feature a flashback to the early 1990s of T'Challa attending school in the United States, so not 100% of the movie will be set in Africa.
As for the villain he's pursuing, assuming this isn't a nameless henchman, there are three people to choose from: Erik Killmonger, M'Baku and Ulysses Klaue. Killmonger would be the most likely candidate, as he's being positioned as Black Panther's main antagonist. However, given Klaue's career as an arms dealer and his obsession with obtaining vibranium, it also wouldn't be surprising if T'Challa was chasing after him. Granted, Klaue is lacking an arm after angering Ultron, but maybe he's finally wearing a prosthetic arm that makes it easier for him to be behind the wheel. Or maybe just one of his lackeys is driving him... that would be easier.
You can watch this car chase sequence unfold when Black Panther slashes its way into theaters on February 16, 2018.
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