Army Reserve Soldiers Recall Filming Climatic Scenes For THE AVENGERS

Real soldiers who had the opportunity to feature in climatic scenes of The Avengers, showcased in Cleveland set videos, have now shared thoughts on the experience and more.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 11/8/2011


While filming for Marvel's The Avengers was underway in Cleveland, Ohio, countless set videos and photos showcased a scene shot depicting the Military Police joining NYPD forces against the mystery secondary villains of the highly-anticipated film. And recently elaborating on the experience, via U.S. Army, check out what they had to say below.

Twenty-five Soldiers assigned to the Columbus, Ohio-based 391st Military Police Battalion were battling bad guys with Captain America and his Avengers superheroes during an intensive battle scene that will soon play out in movie theaters worldwide in 2012.

"The combat scenes had great realism," said Lt. Col. John Clearwater, deputy director for OCPA-LA. "It's a tribute to the U.S. Army Reserves and the veteran 391st MP Battalion. They rocked the streets of Cleveland with their 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19's. The film crew was blown away by their firepower and teamwork."

Staff Sgt. Michael T. Landis said he hopes the Army Reserve brought realism to the set and movie goers get a sense that all Armed Forces service members are heroes, not just those in the Army. "It's easy for us to make on-the-spot corrections to tactics and uniforms," he said. "The director actually took our recommendation on one scene and let us all engage the enemy as opposed to only the gunners in the trucks engaging." Landis said it made the scene more realistic and helped portray the Army in a more positive light.

Spc. Michael Eiring said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a driver and foot Soldier during the scenes. "Our participation not only brought life and excitement to the movie but gave moviegoers a look at Army Reserve Soldiers and who we represent," Eiring said.

For Spc. Daniel Lee, going to the movies can be frustrating when it is obvious that non-military actors are representing the Armed Forces. "We used actual tactics that we know," he said. "Instead of trying to teach civilians the same thing, we were able to accurately portray the fighting warrior."

One Soldier fighting aliens and saving innocent civilian lives was Spc. Felicia Scarbro. She said moviegoers will watch the movie and see that Army Reserve Soldiers are highly trained, prepared and ready to deploy in support of operations around the world. Scarbro said it's time to end the "weekend warrior" caption placed on reserve-component Soldiers.

"We may meet as a unit one weekend a month, but every day we do things to strengthen not only our civilian skills but our military tactics and techniques," she said. "We consolidate what our active-duty counterparts do in a month into a single weekend battle assembly."

Spc. Michael Harvey portrayed a medic during the filming and said he had a great time being able to watch how a movie goes from an idea, to a script to shooting on a live location. He can't wait for the international release of the movie. "It was our time to show the world the Army Reserve Soldier," he said.

Harvey said the experience is one he will never forget, but also said he hopes the actors and production staff left with a positive experience working with the military police. "Hopefully, they had just as much fun working with us as we did with them," he said. Spc. Steven Sargent said he hopes the movie will help build new-found respect for the warrior citizen.

Sargent said he hopes the Soldiers did not disappoint the actors or director. "We took on this challenge the same way we would take on any military task," he said. "We were punctual, professional and always prepared."


If you don't remember, the Military Police's scenes filmed alongside the NYPD required them to shoot up, left and right, as the aliens climbed out and in of NY buildings. And the mystery villains' ship was also hovering over them during so.


Marvel's The Avengers is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers will be released May 4, 2012.


Source: U.S. Army
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TheDukeofMadmen - 11/8/2011, 7:38 AM
hoohah.....gotta love our fighting men and women of the armed forces.
TheDukeofMadmen - 11/8/2011, 7:39 AM
Drinks for all those people who protect this great land and us on a day to day basis. Not enough thank you's are given.
ROBBEATZZZ - 11/8/2011, 7:39 AM
SEEMS THEY TRIED TO COVER ALL BASES!
RunDTC - 11/8/2011, 8:27 AM
I love it when directors put real military personel in their films, like Michael Bay in TF3.
THORION76 - 11/8/2011, 8:29 AM
Im really glad to hear they used real soldier's. My brother has been in the Marine's for 12 year's and was an MP before he moved up and became a sargent. He has alway's told me that the hollywood way of filming the troop's and combat situation's is almost alway's just that hollywood. But im looking forword to seeing if real soldier's bring a different feel to the scene. I salute our real American hero's The US Armed Force's.
devil - 11/8/2011, 9:46 AM
this where be epic movie. next movies they sould do nick fury
Shaman - 11/8/2011, 9:52 AM
Avengers just keeps on getting better and better. Whedon is BOSS!!!
Priest - 11/8/2011, 9:53 AM
After reading this article, there's only one thing I can say: HOOAH!!
skidz - 11/8/2011, 9:56 AM
I hope this vindicates the 'Michael Bay' feeling of the movies' first trailer.
Priest - 11/8/2011, 9:59 AM
@ Pendaghast,

At least the joined the military and are serving their country. Don't be an asshole by trying to put them down.

I served in the Army myself. Active duty, not reserve. But I am proud of Army Reserve personnel. They made the decision to serve their country and that is a very honorable thing to do.
Kayo - 11/8/2011, 10:05 AM
AYE........i'm gonna play my Battlefield 3 again.
johnnysnow - 11/8/2011, 10:10 AM
Climactic*
Kayo - 11/8/2011, 10:13 AM
hey Trudes can't see your poster bro. problem with my laptop i think.
JackBauer - 11/8/2011, 10:22 AM
@Pendaghast - Reserve and National Guard units serve full tours of duty when called up and are REAL enlisted soldiers as well as officers.
TyrannicalOverlord - 11/8/2011, 10:27 AM
Intruder- Awesome Poster! Actually make Pim look kinda tough.
FightAs0ne - 11/8/2011, 10:29 AM
@Intruder Freaking epic....make it happen marvel
Steping - 11/8/2011, 10:30 AM
Steping - 11/8/2011, 10:30 AM
JackBauer - 11/8/2011, 10:31 AM
This is for all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen from our various countries keeping all of us safe and free:





brewtownpsych - 11/8/2011, 10:32 AM
Body has to be ben affleck or whatever from DDD
brewtownpsych - 11/8/2011, 10:33 AM
DD
brewtownpsych - 11/8/2011, 10:33 AM
DD - obviously I was looking @ boobs
thalidomide - 11/8/2011, 10:41 AM
@JLA2014: Yawn ... -__-
headlopper - 11/8/2011, 10:43 AM
@Intruder- Agreed. Wasp & Ant-Man would have been a smarter choice.
MrReese - 11/8/2011, 10:52 AM
MovieTheaterLad - 11/8/2011, 11:01 AM
@Brewtownpsych

Yeah, cuz I was about, "DDD? Like... from Kirby?"
HelaGood - 11/8/2011, 11:05 AM
this movie is gonna step all over TDKR!!
SageMode - 11/8/2011, 11:09 AM


Make it happen Marvel Studios
GodzillaKart - 11/8/2011, 11:45 AM
Awesome. This will make the movie better while showing the men and women of the armed forces the respect they deserve. Nice move.
jjmeylar - 11/8/2011, 11:50 AM
I love the fact that they actually incorporated tactics. I also love the fact that Joss took their advice on certain things. I hope that they get to shine in the film. I'd love to see some of the Avengers team leading a group of soldiers into battle. Can you imagine if Cap was running in front of these guys and said "Army, Assemble!" or something?
Spidey91 - 11/8/2011, 12:09 PM
nothing but respect for this brave men and women
oh,and F*ck Yeah!!
jj72 - 11/8/2011, 12:30 PM
Not in the armed forces or American but you gotta respect those that give something for their country. Most people have no problems talking big hiding behind a laptop/computer. Take a look in the mirror before you belittle people that put their lives on the line for everyone.
l0rdleg0las - 11/8/2011, 1:15 PM
@Jack Bauer

bro if you are going to go the patriotic route. you need to break out the american tits, not Brittish. For shame sir..just busting your balls so i can put these up

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Priest - 11/8/2011, 1:18 PM
@ Pendaghast,

I don't know about that man, if it wasn't for American soldiers, you would be speaking german now.

And as far as you being a marine commando, I highly doubt it. A real honorable military man wouldn't be talking trash without just cause.
JackBauer - 11/8/2011, 2:18 PM
@l0rdleg0las - All boobs are patriotic in my book. They all make me stand up and salute ;)
l0rdleg0las - 11/8/2011, 3:01 PM
@JackBauer

agreed. boobs have no nationality, they are just perfect no matter where they come from

and this motorboat is for you sir

Priest - 11/8/2011, 4:36 PM
@ Pendaghast,

No matter if you are really in your country's military or not, from your comments, I can tell that your are a douchebag.

I can tell that you are just hurting in your rear because you know it is a fact that the US Armed Forces are the Best in the World and even the most non-squared away US Army Reserve unit can easily defeat your dear royal marines.
Priest - 11/8/2011, 4:36 PM
Oh, and lastly: HOOAH!!
GodzillaKart - 11/8/2011, 4:45 PM
What the [frick] is the matter with you guys?! It was a team effort (The Allies, remember?). There was heroism, courage and contribution from all members.

Sheesh.
Daquietman - 11/8/2011, 8:16 PM
Okay all of you, I am only going to say this one time and one time only.1.WW2 was won by all who came together to stop a dictator.2. It doesn't matter what country, or whether you were reserve or active.You served your country when needed.3. I thought this whole kindergarten playground nonsense ended when we got past 6 yrs old. Also yes,I was active duty and met some great british soldiers during Desert Storm and they are no better or worse than us Americans. America is a young country compared to Europe but we all have one thing in common. We all hate facsist dictators, so grow up would ya?

P.S Freedom rocks no matter wherever,whenever and whoever enjoys that gift is truly blessed....
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