Talk about party pooping. 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 realistic in its treament of military bureaucracy. That's why its called a movie, no?
Nick Fury, a super spy works at S.H.I.E.L.D. where the organization has an international peacekeeping agenda, but has a murky relationship with the United Sates. And that's why the U.S. military did not team 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.
Wired writes that if you look closely, you could have noticed the U.S. military's latest stealth jets, F-22 Raptors and other fighters that looked like they were "digitally inserted" by the studio, and its not actual planes provided by the U.S. military.
But that's not to say that the military isn't keen to help Hollywood. They already did with Iron Man when he got into a fight with F-22 Raptors in his first eponymous movie. In Act of Valor, the Navy provided producers access to SEAL training missions. There's probably more examples to cite for sure.
So just why was there no teaming up on the Avengers? Too unreal perhaps?