Marvel Movie Fact Double Header: ‘Avengers’ Could Have Been R-Rated. Rebuilt Stark Tower Has Cameo in New Cap Flick
Today we’ve got a pair of Marvel Cinematic Universe factoids for your edification and amusement. Hit the jump for more:
So far, every Marvel Studios feature has been rated PG-13: This allows enough violence and “mature” content to hold the attention of adults without becoming inappropriate for younger viewers.
According to Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige–making the PG-13 cut hasn’t always been as easy as one might think. The first two versions of Avengers the studio submitted to the MPAA got an R-Rating.
What was the big issue? Observe:
Apparently, the MPAA took issue with giving a PG-13 rating to a movie featuring a major character getting skewered to death by an evil magic spear. Director Joss Whedon and Co. stuck to their guns, and managed to trim enough ultraviolence from other points in the film to keep Coulson‘s murder in the film–in all it’s gruesome glory: The Nerd God of Death (AKA: Whedon) will not be denied his sacrifice.
That’s how it went down in the U.S.–other markets were not quite as fortunate: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland got this instead:
For some reason, this is also the first thing you will find if you look up the scene on YouTube.
The American edit is actually a toned down version of the stabbing as originally filmed–as Feige puts it:
Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues
Ain’t that the truth?
Moving on, there’s an unexpected cameo in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Kevin Feige recently told SlashFilm about:
You get a quick glimpse, I don’t know if you noticed, of the new Stark Tower – which is not the Stark Tower it’s the new Avengers Tower in Captain America: The Winter Soldier]. We show it in there. It goes by *snaps* real fast during that [SPOILER] sequence. But it’s there.
When last we saw the Stark Tower (that would be the shot at the head of this article), it had been pretty much totaled in the battle with Loki and the Chitauri, and Tony was at least in the planning stages for a new one. Iron Man 3 didn’t take place in New York, so it’s uncertain how far he’s gotten.
This “blink and you’ll miss it” appearance seems to be establishing the presence of the Avengers Tower for Avengers: Age Of Ultron….but that’s still speculation right now.