“The only reason you come to do this again after the kind of splash we made is because you think you can make a better movie. But what’s exciting to me is that I’ve been able to attack it really like a terrier, like a pitbull, like a crossbreed between a terrier and a pitbull, a Perrier, I guess you could say,” Joss Whedon told Empire. It’s another way of saying he’s a got a few new tricks up his sleeve for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” and one of them isn’t a post-credit sequence, but rather, a pre-credit sequence that will nod to another one of cinema’s biggest franchises.
“There is a pre-credit Bondian blow-out,” he teases. “The James Bond theme has come up more than a few times, mainly because the locations are so beautiful and in particular the opening location is really stunning. There was a moment where there were soldiers and different kinds of people fighting them, and these guys in winter camo come up on a castle in one of those mountain resort elevators that goes side-to-side and looks like a gumball machine, and I was looking at the Italian Alps and the mist and the castle, and this weird thing rises up, full of soldiers in winter camo, and everybody was like… [sings the Bond theme].”
And that’s not all. For good measure, Whedon is also throwing down one of the greatest movies of all time as influence. “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.’ 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,” he explains.
The ambition is exciting, but the new poster for ‘Age Of Ultron’ keeps with the aesthetic that has long-served Marvel well. See you on May 1st.