With less than two weeks to go before Avengers: Infinity War debuts in theaters, anticipation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film is at an all-time high especially for fans in Indonesia who will actually watch the film two days ahead of the rest of the world. However, there are reports that the film will also be censored for Indonesian audiences (7 minutes being shaved off the runtime) and director Joe Russo is surprised to hear it.
During a recent press conference for Infinity War (via CNA Lifestyle), Russo was asked about the censorship situation and the co-director admitted that he was shocked that it was happening at all:
“This is a, I can’t imagine 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.”
The seven minutes Russo is referring to comes from a report by Kompas.com, which states that the run time for Avengers: Infinity War, as shown in Indonesian theaters, will clock in at 149 minutes instead of the official 156-minute duration. The report quoted information from Indonesia’s Film Censorship Institute (LSF) and its chairman Ahmad Yani Basuki who explained that he had signed off on the censorship of the film specifically because its classification — 13 years and older — has rigid content requirements when it comes to violence and that Marvel films often contain violence.
When looking at the big picture, seven minutes isn’t a huge amount of time. It makes up less than five percent of Infinity War‘s total run time and may not be cut all from one scene but spread across the film. However, from an thematic and storytelling standpoint, seven minutes is quite the amount of time — especially if the censored time is all part of one scene. With all of the time, effort, and work that went in to making Infinity War, it’s understandable that Russo would be troubled that anything would be trimmed out.
Avengers: Infinity War flies into theatres on April 27, 2018.