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Avengers: Infinity War Director Responds To Censoring Of 7 Minute Footage

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Avengers: Infinity War Director Responds To Censoring Of 7 Minute Footage

Marvel Studio’s Avengers: Infinity War is less than two weeks away from its highly awaited release. As the film is the culmination of the first 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is going to have a longer runtime than the other Marvel films. Avengers: Infinity War is going to feature almost 76 Marvel characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spiderman, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord and many more.

UPDATE: A spokesperson from Disney reached out to The Wrap and confirmed this report was inaccurate and that it was, in fact, an error in the runtime.

It was recently revealed that Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute (LSF) has decided to cut off 7 minutes of Avengers: Infinity War footage to adhere to their PG-13 rating qualifications. This means that the film, which has an official runtime of 156-minutes, will now clock in at 149 minutes for the Indonesian audiences.

The Indonesian censorship board’s chairman, Ahmad Yani Basuki, has confirmed that he has signed off on the cuts, although he hasn’t seen the movie. Notably, Avengers: Infinity War will debut in theaters in Indonesia on April 25, two days ahead of the regular worldwide release date of April 27.

When director Joe Russo was asked about the censorship situation during a recent press conference, he said he was shocked to know that it was happening and had no idea what part of the film could’ve been removed. The press conference was live-streamed by CNA Lifestyle.

This is a, I can’t image what seven minutes they would want to cut out of the movie,” Russo said. “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.”

Notably, Avengers: Infinity War isn’t the only Marvel film that has faced censorship issues. In Black Panther, a part of the audio from the battle between T’Challa and M’Baku was censored in India, as M’Baku cries out the name of the Hindu deity Hanuman.

Avengers: Infinity War is dropping in theatres on April 27th.

Source: CNA Lifestyle via The Wrap

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