Joss Whedon says ‘The Godfather’ trilogy influenced ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

Film is set for release in May 2015

Joss Whedon has revealed that The Godfather trilogy influenced the upcoming The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Director Whedon is due to start shooting the film in London this year (2014) and Marvel has set a release date of May 1, 2015. Original cast members Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson are all set to reprise their roles from 2012’s The Avengers

Speaking to AlloCiné about the film, Whedon said: “The model I’m always trying to build from, or my guiding star, is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie, but you don’t need any information.

“It’s there in the film about what’s happened since, what’s different, and why is this a different film; why is it a different kind of structure, and why is it darker? It’s all there, you’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re just ready to pick up in this new place, and hopefully that’s what will happen with my movie.”

Since its release in May 2012, The Avengers – a superhero ensemble movie uniting Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk – has become the third highest-grossing film of all time, taking over $1.5 billion (£930 million) at the box office worldwide.