The hotly anticipated superhero sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" has already begun filming in some pretty far-flung locations. The team of superheroes was just in Italy and the production recently got underway in Seoul, South Korea, for what we can only assume were a collection of scenes where the various superheroes and equally super villains sit around and discuss their differences calmly, perhaps over a glass of regionally-specific South Korean tea. Production hit a tragic snag over the weekend, though, when a dead body was discovered while they were shooting. Gulp.
According to a report (via Kotaku), a body was discovered floating in the water underneath the Mapo Bridge, a widely used throughway that was completely shut down to accommodate the filming. (It's the first time the bridge has ever been shut down for a movie.) A security guard working for the production discovered the body, and South Korean police retrieved the corpse, which was believed to be about two weeks old.
Apparently the Mapo Bridge is an infamous suicide spot in Seoul. The Kotaku report points out that the government has installed anti-suicide LED lights and uplifting slogans along the bridge, like "The most shining moment of your life has yet to come." These measures have apparently failed, since the number of suicides on the bridge has steadily increased. This is a very sad story indeed.
It's unknown if the retrieval of the body affected the production, which required more than 100 stunt cars to simulate traffic on the bridge. The Joss Whedon-directed sequel, which reunites Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson, along with new characters played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, and Paul Bettany, is slated to open on May 1, 2015.