Pentagon Refused to Work With 'Avengers' for Its Lack of Reality
Being deemed as a blockbuster movie didn't guarantee that "The Avengers" could easily get access to work with the U.S. Defense Department. It has recently been revealed that the Pentagon had refused to team up with Marvel Studios to support its star-studded superhero film due to its lack of reality.
The U.S. military, which is usually eager to make partnership with film industry on blockbuster movies, decided to halt its cooperation with "Avengers" since the department thought that S.H.I.E.L.D's relationship with the government is murky. Therefore, the department suggested the film was not sufficiently realistic to have its treatment of military bureaucracy.
"We couldn't reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it," Phil Strub, the Defense Department's Hollywood liaison said as quoted by 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 [with the film]."
"It just got to the point where it didn't make any sense," Sturb added. He also explained that the U.S. military's latest stealth jets, the F-22 Raptors and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which are seen abroad S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier were "digitally inserted" by the studio and were not actual aircrafts provided by the government.
Normally, the Pentagon has no objection to support the production of any Hollywood's mega-blockbusters. Previously, the department lent its F-22 Raptors for "Iron Man". It also allowed its secretive elite warriors act on camera in "Act of Valor". Most recently, its secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, made a cameo in "Battleship".
"The Avengers" has grabbed a walloping $207.4 million on its opening weekend in the United States. The massive result made the Earth's Mightiest Heroes movie the biggest opening of all time, dethroning "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" which opened to $169.2 million and became the biggest summer flick in 2011.
In another "Avengers" news, Variety reported that Walt Disney and Warner Bros. Pictures have sealed the deal that would allow the superhero movie to share IMAX screenings with Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" this weekend.
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