In a recent press conference, Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo admitted that he was shocked to hear about Indonesia’s censorship of the film.
In the conference the director expressed confusion as to why this is happening at all. The Indonesia censorship board will reportedly be cutting seven minutes from the Marvel film and Russo doesn’t seem to know what difference those minutes would make:
“This is a, I can’t image what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie. It’s the first we’re hearing of it so we’re a little taken aback, but yes, of course as an artist you don’t want anybody censoring anything or taking anything out of the film. This is a PG-13 movie, it’s not like it’s some radical piece of content so I’m a little shocked.”
This is not the first time the Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute has partly censored one of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s films. It was reported that the use of the word ‘Hanuman’, a Hindu deity and a central character in the Ramayana, was removed from Black Panther for cultural reasons. It is currently unknown, however, as to why Avengers: Infinity War is being partly censored.
In the grand scheme of things, seven minutes isn’t all that long. It was recently reported that Infinity War would run over 149 minutes, making the cut content of the film seem trivial at best. All the same, the people of Indonesia will be seeing the film two days before the rest of the world so perhaps the cut time will be worth the trade.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner and Paul Rudd.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27, 2018.
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