As The Avengers continues to lay waste to the box office, breaking records and wowing the critics, it’s nice to know there are still a few surprises. Collider had a chance to talk to Joss Whedon, and while he coyly avoided any talk about a sequel he did drop that we haven’t seen everything he has planed for Earths Mightiest Heroes just yet.
With the theatrical run already clocking in at full two hours and twenty-two minutes, his original edit was well over three hours (and heavier on the Captain America story). Now when the movie hits Blu-Ray, we’ll get at least 30 minutes of that deleted footage. Roll over to Collider to watch the full interview.
So, everyone loves The Avengers, right? WRONG! Apparently the US Military didn’t think much of the film and pulled out support for it early in production.
Hit the jump to find out exactly why.
Apparently the Pentagon felt that a movie about an irradiated giant, a norse god, a thawed out war hero, a billionaire in robot pants and, um, Hawkeye just wasn’t ‘realistic’ enough. Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, told Wired it was mainly S.H.I.E.L.D. that irked the defenders of the free world.
“We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it. To whom did S.H.I.E.L.D. answer? Did we work for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We hit that roadblock and decided we couldn’t do anything [with the film].”
While we do see a lot of military hardware in the movie, it was all unsanctioned and digitally added. Normally when you see an America military presence in a film it’s with the support of the US Government. In the first Iron Man movie where he takes on the F-22 Raptors, most of the non-homoerotic scenes in Top Gun, the army was all over Micheal Bays Transformers movies. Hell the secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, even has a cameo in the forthcoming Battleship. None of those really count as hard realism but apparently the extra-governmental internationalism of Nick Fury’s employer rubbed the military the wrong way.
Well, that’s what they want us to believe. Little worried those helicarrier scenes are a little to close to the truth, huh Pentagon. Come on, admit it already.
What size jumpsuit does Donald Rumsfeld wear, anyway?