Los Angeles - 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!'"
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"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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