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7:41 pm - 05/08/2012

Avengers Proves Too Hardcore For U.S. Government




The Pentagon decided to stop cooperating with "Marvel's The Avengers" because the film seemed too unrealistic, Wired reports.

It's surprising that the government did not participate in the film, as the military has a long history of working with studios on action movies. In fact, the Pentagonloaned some F-22s to Marvel for Robert Downey Jr. to go toe-to-toe with in "Iron Man." It also gave a whole host of military vehicles (including ships and helicopters) to Paramount for "Transformers."

Why so little love for the film that would go on to have the best-stelling opening weekend of all time, then? The Defense Department's Hollywood liaison (that's a real position) said the government was concerned about the vague authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Samuel L. Jackson-led international peacekeeping / spy-ish organization (please don't write us letters!) that brings together the Avengers to do Avenger-y things.



"We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it," Phil Strub told Wired. “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."

Indeed. Cars that turn into robots that think for themselves and wage war on humans? Real enough. Demigods and superheroes? Get out of town.

"Avengers" was plenty real for the movie's stars. Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, told HuffPost he believes the superhero romp "really is a metaphor for what's going on in America."

"In the end, it's the community working together, without the real egomaniacal leader," he added. "It's going to take all of us working together, with all of our strengths. We don't need to dominate to move forward. We need to work together. Everyone has their own strengths and their own talents. We can all benefit from one another."

The government's noncompliance notwithstanding, a few U.S. military apparati did make it into the film. F-22 Raptors are spotted during the movie, as are what appear to be F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. What gives? Strub said Marvel "digitally inserted" the jets into the footage.

Puny God

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meangirl33 9th-May-2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Team avengers...
xpirate_queenx 9th-May-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Your icon. Dear God, your icon.
meangirl33 9th-May-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Is amazing? I know, right
moonsenorita 9th-May-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
"In a way, America is like a big ship, and when we all work together and respect each other, that's when the ship gets safely home.:
buzz_whistle 9th-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
A+ reference, bb <3
fashionbabylon 9th-May-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
"And so, if the government could just get to the kitchen and rearrange things, we could totally party with the haitians! And let me just say, it does not say RSVP on the statue of liberty!"
dude_isotopes 9th-May-2012 02:20 am (UTC)
your references combined are amazing rn
nathanandbarry 9th-May-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
LMAO. YES!
sequined_bones 9th-May-2012 02:45 am (UTC)
<3 it
silveretude 9th-May-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
So much win in one comment
endingonfire 9th-May-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
LMAO
lovedhurtlost 9th-May-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
You know, I've noticed that Thor isn't appreciated in the party posts. Doesn't sit well with me, tbh. What's not to love?!
halfslytherin 9th-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I love Thor!!
lovedhurtlost 9th-May-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
<3333
ljubavirakija 9th-May-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I would rather be underappreciate then the focus of so much shade (i.e. Steve in the last post) :[
milesaway 9th-May-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
ikr he's my fave Avenger

I feel like he was really underutilized in the movie though. I was expecting way more angst/inner turmoil over cooperating with the avengers and trying to get Loki home
certifiedsinner 9th-May-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
so sexy
whiskybars 9th-May-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
some people are anti-stupid golden retrievers
greenfairy_87 9th-May-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
No, Chris is adorable. What's funny is that when I first saw Thor:
Me: Oh please, there's no way I'm going to root for this pompous dick!
(1 hour later) Thor: Can I come home now?
Me: LET ME HEAL YOU
whysoseriousbb 9th-May-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
i too am pressed at the lack of my flawless lion king in these posts

dude_isotopes 9th-May-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
agreed, would've totally appreciated more Thor
gogeta1 9th-May-2012 02:28 am (UTC)
He's awesome!
zeonchar 9th-May-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Thor is hot, he's just kinda overshadowed by his brother. (I bet Loki would love to hear that!)
hemsworth 9th-May-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
thor has become my new favorite. how can they not love him!?
epic_cakes 9th-May-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
ANOTHER! *smash*
monpochi 9th-May-2012 08:35 am (UTC)
GORL, do not fret... we are here, underrepresented BUT HERE.




And somehow, someway this Great Devotion... will yield great rewards.

alanna_zero 9th-May-2012 01:27 pm (UTC)


<333
mirasango 9th-May-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I will join you in the Thor love.
fwee_prower 9th-May-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
what dumbasses. at least read the comics before judging what teh fuck shield is.

i mean do your research. there was even a NICK FURY TV SHOW

drinkbleachkids 9th-May-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
So I was just scrolling, saw your icon and was like "aww kitt--YUSSSS" *commence embarrassing giggle*
apathetic_ninja 9th-May-2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I just realised that the D: in your icon also got some Avengers treatment.

Coolest fucking icon. EVER.
fwee_prower 9th-May-2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
lol all my icons are like that.
gettyupcowboy 9th-May-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
LOL, don't you think the pentagon has better shit to do? Like idk defend the USA?
theblackwidow 9th-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Lol I saw this on the news when i was at the gym today.
fwee_prower 9th-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)


Edited at 2012-05-09 01:39 am (UTC)
theblackwidow 9th-May-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
I want this to be a party post :(
sweet_children9 9th-May-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
It's 2:40 a.m. I should be sleeping but the Dance of happiness gif is making me stay
etoile_amore 9th-May-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
lol
fauxkaren 9th-May-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh good! An Avengers post!

Does anyone know of a good place to look for Avengers icons?
fauxkaren 9th-May-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
TY!
empirebird 9th-May-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I'm trying to make some now... I only just got photoshop like, 30 minutes ago and never used it before. But I made my default, so let's see!

Also, empireicons
skeet_skeet 9th-May-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
I just got back from watching and it was awesome. jsyk
lace_guitar 9th-May-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Tony Stark for President!
sweet_children9 9th-May-2012 01:51 am (UTC)
He would be a good looking president, but very bad doing his job
slythwolf 9th-May-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
ikr, Steve would be a decent president imo.
golden_helikaon 9th-May-2012 08:55 am (UTC)
But Pepper would be president really, Tony would just be the face of it.
jaded56 9th-May-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE MOVIE GUYSS. I LOVE IT SO MUCHH.

TONY/STEVE/BRUCE OT3 TBH
egalitarianmuse 9th-May-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Seconding!
milesaway 9th-May-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
lol at them feeling threatened by SHIELD
slythwolf 9th-May-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
"WE CAN'T HELP YOU MAKE THIS MOVIE BECAUSE WE THINK THIS FICTIONAL ORGANIZATION MIGHT BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE US GOVERNMENT", like, really? This country. SMH
jaded56 9th-May-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
AND I LOVE HOW SCARJO HAD A LOT OF SCENES/LINES <33
aiyamin 9th-May-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
SHE WAS SO AMAZING OMG

Leave it to Joss Whedon to write and direct a badass female character.
yooperchild 9th-May-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Right? I was "meh" during Iron Man and left the Avengers going, "THE BLACK WIDOW IS AMAZING!!!"
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