Joss Whedon previews Avengers: Age Of Ultron

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 February 2015
Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' director Joss Whedon has revealed he is using 'Godfather Part II' as his inspiration for the new film

Joss Whedon is using 'Godfather Part II' as his inspiration for 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'.

The 50-year-old director is currently working on the much-anticipated Marvel movie and has revealed the 1974 crime thriller, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, has helped him with the creative process.

Whedon shared: "I know I reference Godfather Part II a lot. 'Don't reference the greatest movie ever made because that's Icarus, you moron!'

"But at the same time it is a huge touchstone for me because you get everything you got from the first Godfather movie in a very different movie, in a movie that structurally couldn't be more different, and thematically and in intent and in mood, and yet nobody ever goes, 'It wasn't Godfathery enough.'"

Whedon explained that with 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' - which will feature the likes of Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow - he knows exactly what he's trying to achieve.

He told Empire magazine: "I need to give people an exciting ride about heroic people, and that's certainly part of why I signed on, but at the same time a richer, deeper, darker movie is not a bad thing."

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 21min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
  • UK release: 23 April 2015

Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Downey Jr) to keep the peace, goes rogue and decides to kill off the Avengers. Barely logical but impressively entertaining superhero fun; Johansson and Olsen are central to the action and Whedon's script is strong, snappy and irreverent, but it doesn't have much…

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