Joss Whedon Cites THE GODFATHER PART II As The ‘Guiding Star’ For AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Joss Whedon may be the Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or The JossFather as I like to call him, but he says he actually pulled some inspiration for the upcoming Avengers sequel from The Godfather Part II. Whedon explained how that sequel is the “guiding star” for what he would like to do with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The nerd icon and lord of Comic-Con explained what he meant in a recent interview ahead of the premiere of Much Ado About Nothing in Paris.
Speaking with AlloCiné (via MarvelFreshman at CBM), Whedon was asked if the events of Phase 2, specifically Captain America: The Winter Soldier would have a direct effect on Age of Ultron. The director states:
The events of Captain America will definitely affect the world of Avengers 2. But at the end of the day, I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can’t assume that everybody went to see Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what’s happened, but not be slavish to it.
I look at this movie…the model I’m always trying to build from, 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 this is a different film, why is it a different kind of structure, why it’s 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. Obviously I’m talking about one of the greatest films ever made [The Godfather Part II]. I hope mine will be good, but that is my guiding star.
If you’re going to strive to do the best you can, there’s no better “guiding star” to use than The Godfather Part II. Both Godfather films are nothing short of cinematic masterpieces (the third one did not happen. We do not talk about the third one.), so The Jossfather has his work cut out for him. What do you think about Whedon’s comments?