Pentagon Declines to Loan Joss Whedon a Fighter Jet

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When Hollywood makes a film that involves the military, it generally approaches hat in hand, and asks big poppa Pentagon if it can borrow an F-15 or two for the dance on Saturday night.

Such was the case with the record-smashing new film from Marvel Comics and Joss Whedon, The Avengers.

But according to an article from Wired, it was too unrealistic to warrant military involvement in the production.

From the article:

“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.

And any comic fan will tell you, that's a dumb reason with an obvious answer. S.H.I.E.L.D. answers to Nick Fury, and Nick Fury answers only to his optometrist. Duh.

The military vehicles in the film were not actual planes, but digital inserts. The members of the invading alien army were also digital inserts, not actual aliens.