Army Reserve Soldiers Enlist For The Avengers

As readers will recall from earlier this summer, Cleveland, Ohio was the scene of some major action set pieces during the filming of Marvel’s The Avengers. Today, The U.S. Army has revealed their involvement in the production, offering the service of 25 men and women from the Army Reserve’s 391st Military Police Battalion, all of whom worked as extras as a means by which to bring an added level of realism to the 2012 release.

“They rocked the streets of Cleveland with their 50-caliber machine guns and Mark-19’s,” reports Lt. Col. John Clearwater, deputy director for the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Los Angeles. “The film crew was blown away by their firepower and teamwork.”

Staff Sgt. Michael T. Landis recalls that director Joss Whedon was open to suggestions from the soldiers and was eager to change scenes to match real-world military tactics.

“[O]n one scene,” Landis says, “[he] let us all engage the enemy as opposed to only the gunners in the trucks engaging.”

Hitting theaters on May 4, 2012, Marvel’s The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson.

You can check out SuperHeroHype’s original gallery from the set by clicking here and see the U.S. Army’s new images below.