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Filming of The Avengers continued last night at Cleveland’s Public Square and neighboring Terminal Tower, standing in for Stuttgart, Germany, where Marvel’s god of mischief menaced panicked onlookers.
According to comics blogger Sean Kleefeld, who’s an extra on the Stuttgart set, the shoot was marked by a fight between Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Chris Evans’ Captain America.
“We spent most the rest of the night kneeling before Zod … er … Loki,” Kleefeld writes on his blog. “More than kneeling on bricks to make everyone’s joints sore. Despite the kneepads they passed out. But it ended with Evans as Cap giving a nice speech (‘The last time I was in Germany…’) and taking on Loki single-handedly. All of us got to run out in chaos just as the rain forced things to a slightly early halt.”
The Plain Dealer reports the film crew attempted to block the views of camera- and cellphone-wielding spectators Tuesday, erecting a wooden panel and asking guests at the nearby Renaissance Hotel to move away from windows and close curtains.
But even as Marvel took those precautions, footage continued to trickle out from Monday night’s shoot, including a WEWS Channel 5 report showing a flipping German police car, and amateur video of screaming extras running from Terminal Tower into Public Square. Filming is expected to continue in the area at least through tonight.
Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Stellan Skarsgård. It opens opens May 4, 2012.