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'The Avengers' was almost rated R

By John Clyde, For the Deseret News

Published: Fri, March 14 3:05 p.m. MDT


"Marvel's The Avengers" Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans).


ASGARD — Marvel Studios is currently the king of Hollywood and its next film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” is a few weeks from opening.

To date, all Marvel-produced films have received a PG-13 rating, but its biggest success almost got an R.

Marvel films are juggernauts at the box office, and much of that is due to the films’ PG-13 ratings. This allows younger kids to see the films at the theater and, in the case of 2011’s “The Avengers,” they can go again, and again, and again, and again.

That film, however, initially received an R rating from the MPAA.

Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige recently told movies.com that securing the PG-13 rating for “The Avengers” was a struggle.

Watching the film now, it clearly seems to be PG-13, but apparently the MPAA didn’t feel the same way.

“When we submitted ‘The Avengers’ the first couple of cuts came back from the MPAA rated R. That happened twice,” Feige told movies.com during an interview for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier." “So we went back and had to make adjustments.”

If you’re one of the four people on the planet who hasn’t seen “The Avengers,” then avert your eyes because spoilers are about to drop.

Feige went on to explain what scene in particular was pushing the superhero film to the higher rating.

“Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes through their chest, there are issues.”

Feige is referring to the moment in the film when Loki kills Agent Coulson.

Marvel had to tweak the scene to make sure it secured the PG-13 rating and the boatloads of cash that followed.

The Avengers” is currently rated a 12+ for age appropriateness on ok.com and has a 93 percent Worth Your Time rating.

1. El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID,
March 14, 2014

No way that should be an R-rated movie... it's amazing what they'll classify as R & what they won't!

2. PP
Eagle Mountain, UT,
March 14, 2014

Yet somehow the lingering nude and sex scenes in Titanic did not phase the MPAA. According to the academy a character you like dying in Saints and Soldiers is more worthy of an R rating that blatant sexuality.

3. mornixuur
Layton, UT,
March 14, 2014

It's also amazing how many people will make a decision to see or not see a film based solely on the MPAA's amazingly arbitrary letter ratings.

4. HeresAThought
Queen Creek, AZ,
March 15, 2014

This reminds me of the documentary Cleanflix. I see the need for a video rental/sales outlet that offers to carefully splice out content that is suggestive or inappropriate. It is unfortunate too... The need for such a service is more apparent than ever. If Hollywood didn't worship money so unapologetically, they would drastically increase their viewership among Christians who have high standards on media consumption.

5. Hank Pym
March 15, 2014

They had to tone down Phil's death to make it PG13? Really?

Loki telling off Black Widow was far more graphic.