Joss Whedon previews Avengers: Age Of Ultron

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

Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon

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."

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