MCU: 10 Fascinating Facts Behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

8. The Influence Of Westerns

The Searchers John Wayne
Warner Bros.

According to the audio commentary included on the blu-ray, Whedon turned to the Wild West for inspiration for Age Of Ultron. He revealed that the film includes a number of hat tips to some of the greats of the genre:

“[One] shot, some of you may know from The Searchers. I realized that I needed that moment for Cap. It’s very central to his whole theme about not being able to be home and live a normal life. I mentioned it to [producer] Jeremy Latcham, who then wrote a memo to everyone… ‘Joss wants to do a shot from The Searchers” I was like, ‘Don’t say it!’ But, as long as I don’t say anything on the DVD commentary, I should be fine and no one will know that I’m a thief.”

He also borrowed a shot from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly when Robert Downey Jr steps into the barn on the Barton farm:

“Sergio Leone! There, I said it!”


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