Why is Marvel’s The Avengers rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Marvel’s The Avengers is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.
Violence: The film contains frequent building and vehicle explosions, weapon use and the killing of alien invaders. Thugs threaten a woman while interrogating her. Characters are frequently beaten, slashed, stabbed, shot, electrocuted, impaled and vaporized. Some are put under the control of another person. Numerous dead bodies are seen. Massive property damage occurs. A man is hung several stories above ground by his ankles. Armed agents surround a man’s home. A man shoots others with arrows. A character attacks a man with a device that initially appears to be ripping out his eyeball (it only makes a digital copy of the retina). Bloody and sometimes fatal injuries are shown. Blood splattered playing cards are shown. Planes crash. A man is stabbed in the side with a sharp object. A nuclear missile is fired on a large city. A man is repeatedly bashed into the floor like a rag doll. The Hulk punches an ally for no apparent reason.
Sexual Content: The Hulk is naked after turning back into Bruce Banner - no explicit nudity is seen. Some female characters wear formfitting uniforms. Brief veiled sexual innuendo is included. A couple kisses.
Language: The script contains infrequent mild profanities and terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is depicted along with an illegal drug reference.