How THE AVENGERS Avoided An R Rating

Puny MPAA. Erik Davis of movies.com interviewed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and uncovered a nifty nugget. The Avengers was rated R twice by the MPAA. Find out which scene had to be toned down to get them their PG-13 rating.

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By nailbiter111 - 3/13/2014

When movies.com asked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige if Captain America: The Winter Soldier had any issues securing a PG-13 rating. The answer was no. No surprise there. But, the question lead Feige to open up about his past difficulties with the MPAA regarding Joss Whedon's The Avengers.
"When we submitted The Avengers, the first couple cuts of it came back from the MPAA rated R. That happened twice," he told us. "So we went back and had to make adjustments." When we asked Feige to explain what it was about The Avengers that earned it those ratings issues, he immediately singled out Agent Coulson's big spoilerish scene. "Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues," Feige said with a chuckle.


Marvel's The Avengers picks up when an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. And 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. The film was directed by Joss Whedon and stars: Chris Evans (Steve Rogers), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Chris Hemsworth (Thor Odinson), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff), Clark Gregg (Agt. Phil Coulson), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), with Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Stellan Skarsgard (Professor Erik Selvig).
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Pheezmatic - 3/13/2014, 8:09 AM
OH HELL YEA! *still stroking mullet*
JoJo1982 - 3/13/2014, 8:09 AM
Lol what a rated R Avengers!?!


Hmm
Pasto - 3/13/2014, 8:11 AM
[frick] you still pheez....[frick]....you...
ALegendaryPanda - 3/13/2014, 8:12 AM
An R rated Avengers would be badass! No way in hell they'd ever do that though lol
Arrowhead77 - 3/13/2014, 8:12 AM
R rated? Ol Walt Disney would have rolled over in his grave!
SuperCat - 3/13/2014, 8:13 AM
Thought it was because of a Black Widow thong scene that got cut :(
TimL - 3/13/2014, 8:14 AM
It's funny because that scene was in the version I saw in cinema and it had the same rating as the bluray release etc.
ATrueHero1987 - 3/13/2014, 8:15 AM
Wow!
McNyagano - 3/13/2014, 8:16 AM



So how come they didn't give Thor: The Dark World an R rated? Some dark and graphic shit happened in that movie, even in IM3 too. Man the MPAA are brutal when it comes to rating films, jeez.
marvel72 - 3/13/2014, 8:22 AM
i suppose it might of been the eye removal scene as well & loki vs the hulk is pretty brutal.
MsDarkPhoenix - 3/13/2014, 8:26 AM
Too much information yoss... Just too much...
MrMartinMarvel - 3/13/2014, 8:39 AM
Cue people saying Marvel movies are for kids.
Scarilian - 3/13/2014, 8:40 AM
No - you f*cked up with the DVD release and gave us the censored version from somewhere else. As such despite the scene being in cinema - it was cut from the DVD release and to avoid being sued by people you are coming up with crappy excuses.
ThePowerCosmic - 3/13/2014, 8:48 AM
Ha ha! Idiots on this site. As if rating a movie R magically makes it a better film.
npamusic - 3/13/2014, 8:49 AM
so ripping through someones body (IM3) doesn't warrent an R rating? wut. Hm. Most likely Coulson's stabby stab stab.
Rulk - 3/13/2014, 8:51 AM
Plus they had to cut that Hulk - Black Widow love scene...


npamusic - 3/13/2014, 8:53 AM
@Scarilian No, YOU [frick]ed up. The UK release of THE AVENGERS (aka Avengers Assemble) took out the end of loki's staff out of the shot. In theaters and on their DVD version.

In the US, the scene was not cut from the DVD or theatrical version.
themidnightking - 3/13/2014, 8:54 AM
If it was just one scene that was too much, then a rated R Avengers would practically be the same movie
Sagealamode - 3/13/2014, 8:55 AM
Lmao! Maybe G rating.
osideous - 3/13/2014, 8:55 AM
@Arrowhead77 Disney releases R rated titles under Touchstone Pictures
themidnightking - 3/13/2014, 8:56 AM
Iron Man 3 had way more R-worthy violence in it
grifdeadpoolteabag - 3/13/2014, 8:57 AM
All we need is one brave producer/director to ignore those assholes at MPAA and their arbitrary, bullshit censorship outfit will fold like the old Comic Code did.
rockerdude22 - 3/13/2014, 8:57 AM
The Avengers is a movie that didn't need to be R. It's great as it is. R ratings' don't automatically mean better.
nach1wan - 3/13/2014, 8:59 AM
imagine iron man's repulsor making a chitauri explode in a puddle of blood and guts

that would be hilarious
fettastic - 3/13/2014, 9:00 AM
I believe the UK cut removed the blade coming out his chest.
fettastic - 3/13/2014, 9:02 AM
I agree that IM3 was WAY more brutal than Avengers. 2 people got their heads blown off. Someone got their chest blown through, a female lead got shot in her head at point blank range with blood splatter, terrorist videos with executions, etc.
MrNiklander - 3/13/2014, 9:04 AM
I am not suprised. Look at Man Of Steel does anyone remember the part where Nam-Ek jumps to one of those military planes and tears the cockpit you can actually see Nam Ek squashing one of the pilots head and see the blood flowing!!