The Pentagon Quit The Avengers For Being “Unrealistic”
The US military regularly cooperates with big-budget Hollywood action movies, offering technical advising and even renting out military vehicles in exchange for good publicity. But it seems that Marvel’s mega-blockbuster The Avengers did not meet The Pentagon’s high standards, as the military ceased advising the movie after they found it to be unrealistic. Not “unrealistic” because of the Norse god and genetic experiments saving the world- but because it was unclear from whom the US troops would be taking orders.
Spencer Ackerman at Wired reports that the straw that broke the camel’s back was the ambiguous structure and authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., the organization that assembles The Avengers. Apparently, the DoD couldn’t tolerate US troops taking orders from director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson);
“We couldn’t reconcile the unreality of this international organization and our place in it,” Phil Strub, the Defense Department’s Hollywood liaison, tells Danger Room. “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.
In the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been portrayed as both an international body and a US-controlled agency at various times. Some have suggested the Pentagon is refusing to show US troops taking orders from an international group, like UN Peacekeepers. (Nick Fury=Ban Ki Moon?) But Ackerman points out that even if S.H.I.E.L.D. is controlled by the US government, its constitutional authority over the military would be very unclear. And conducting constitutionally vague military actions is obviously the CIA’s job. (Just kidding, I love the CIA, please don’t hurt me.)
What do you think? Should the US military have still given The Avengers their blessing?
[Wired via Wonkette]