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.
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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