PIC OF THE DAY: The Avengers Receive a Hero’s Welcome in South Korea

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

The Avengers are in South Korea!

On Thursday, Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon and actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo landed in Gimpo International Airport and were greeted by a swarm of Korean fans with what Downey calls “civilized enthusiasm.”

Their arrival to South Korea comes three days after Age of Ultron‘s worldwide premiere in Los Angeles. Whedon, Downey, Evans and Ruffalo are expected to attend a press conference at a Seoul theater to promote the blockbuster sequel during their visit.


Civilized enthusiasm take 2 … #avengers #ageofultron #marvel #presstour

A video posted by Robert Downey, Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on

Civilized enthusiasm cures jet-lag… We love our Korean fans… #avengers #ageofultron #presstour #marvel A photo posted by Robert Downey, Jr. (@robertdowneyjr) on

Age of Ultron has drawn much attention in South Korea as some of its climactic scenes were filmed in Seoul last April. Not to mention, Korean actress Kim Soohyun, or Claudia Kim, plays the substantial supporting role of “Dr. Helen Cho” in the highly anticipated sequel.

South Korean multiplex cinema chains, such as CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox, have already received more than 170,000 ticket reservations ahead of Age of Ultron‘s domestic theatrical release on April 23.

The first Avengers film was a smashing box office hit in South Korea, grossing more than $50 million domestically. Korean film industry officials expect the sequel to sweep local theaters as there is no competition being released on its opening day, according to the Korea Herald.

This is Downey and Evans’ third visit to South Korea while it is the first for Ruffalo. Evans first visited the country as a cast member of Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian action flick Snowpiercer.