I saw the Avengers this weekend (like everyone else in the world apparently), and I’ll say this – it’s really, really awesome when the Hulk starts smashing stuff. Other than that, I found this article about the Pentagon’s (lack of) cooperation with the film interesting:
The Pentagon halted its cooperation with Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movie The Avengers because the Defense Department didn’t think a movie about superheroes, Norse Gods and intergalactic invasions was sufficiently realistic in its treatment of military bureaucracy.
Moviegoers and comic fans know that S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Samuel L. Jackson’s super-spy Nick Fury, is an international peacekeeping/global surveillance/crisis response/quasi-military organization. But its relationship with the United States is murky. And that basically stopped the U.S. military, which is normally eager to cooperate with the film industry on blockbuster movies, from teaming up with the Avengers.
“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.
I am not too surprised – clearly from the Transformers movie, the fantastical stuff in the film is easy for the Pentagon to swallow, but I can understand politically why the military doesn’t want to even appear to be in favor of subordinating to some shadowy New-World-Order-esque group. SHIELD doesn’t come off particularly well in the film, so it was probably the right PR call.