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Avengers Deleted Scene

A Different Opening

By Robert T. Trate     August 28, 2012
Source: Yahoo Movies

Marvel’s “The Avengers” was the biggest movie of the summer, bringing in over $617 million dollars domestically. But no matter how many times you might have seen it in the theater, there is still more to the movie you didn't see.
 
When “The Avengers” hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 25, it will come packed with deleted scenes that were filmed but not included in the final release. That includes this alternate opening of the movie, presented here exclusively on Yahoo! Movies.

The unused opening is very different that what you saw in the theaters both structurally and tonally. The final version opens in space, with the leader of the Chitauri (the alien bad guys) explaining the power of the Tesseract, the powerful cube that sets the whole story in motion.  From there, the story progresses linearly, with Loki appearing in S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and stealing the cube.
 
In this alternate version, the movie would have begun with the aftermath of the alien invasion.  You see New York City in ruins, with emergency crews helping the injured and Captain America standing by mournfully.  Then it introduces Agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders.  She's being interrogated by the World Security Council about the events that lead up to the battle in NYC.  She says, "You want to know what went wrong? How this horror, this catastrophe could have been averted?"

In the finished film, her character is first seen at the side of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But here, Agent Hill is critical of Fury's leadership.  She has apparently been submitting reports that were critical of Fury to the Council.  She calls Fury "reckless," saying, "We're at war, and he thinks about super heroes!"  When asked about the Avengers, Hill responds, "Who would bring those people together, and not expect what happened?" Then she flashes back to The Hulk, screaming.

It's definitely a darker beginning to the film, focusing on the human impact of the events more than the galactic scale.  But it also starts off the movie with an unfamiliar character, and not any of the well-known heroes the audience already knew.  It might be that starting at the end of the story before circling around to the beginning was too confusing for viewers.

Writer/director Joss Whedon did say that his original edit of the film was over three hours long, which was cut down to two hours twenty-three minutes for the theatrical version.  He told MTV that in his original cut, "I spent some time with some of the ancillary characters because I thought we needed more of a human perspective."  But after re-examining the film, he said, "As it turned out people really just did want to see the Avengers."

You can see more deleted scenes when “The Avengers” hits shelves on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray versions on September 25. Shawarma not included. 

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violator14 8/28/2012 9:59:46 PM

 Glad they deleted that crap.

mlaforce 8/28/2012 10:38:31 PM

I myself would not call it crap but it sure was better on the cutting room floor for sure...I also have to believe that some of the deleted scenes are going to be very cool additions to the already very cool movie...

reek 8/28/2012 11:16:12 PM

Yeah, not sure I'd call it crap.  I'm glad the movie didn't start that way because the tone is indeed all wrong.  You don't want to start this particular movie with a sense of defeat.  On the other hand, a scene or two indicating all was not so harmonious in SHIELD land would have been cool, as it was Hill seemed like the reluctant pupil rather than a real malcontent.  Think about it, next Avengers might very well have some drama between Fury and "the council" resulting in things like Fury getting fired and Life Model Decoy heads exploding and stuff.  Might not have been a bad idea to plant that seed better in the first movie.  Of course, the first Avengers is still the best superhero movie of all time so what do I know.  In any event, I don't get all that excited about deleted scenes but I do about director's cuts which the cynic in me guesses will come out 2 months after the initial Blue Ray just in time for Christmas.

vitieddie 8/29/2012 12:18:03 AM

I think its in line with the source material ... in A:EMH Maria takes over for a while

Mossy1221 8/29/2012 3:54:53 AM

 It is deleted for a reason.  That reason is..... Well, you watched the clip. You now.

muddseye 8/29/2012 5:12:27 AM

its part of a longer clip that where maria gives the coucil the business. I think as originally intended, the whole scene would have been the open/close

jsmulligan 8/29/2012 5:46:02 AM

 I'll agree with reek, this definitely sets the wrong tone.  Comes across as if the Avengers lost or failed in some major way.  Doesn't fit in with the rest of the movie.  

monkeyfoot 8/29/2012 6:32:04 AM

This opening would have set a somber mood for the whole movie. This would make the main focus of the events the deaths, pain and suffering that happened in the alien attack. It also feels like its setting up the end of the movie to have something really bad happening to cause this stern de-briefing to occur.

serena123 8/29/2012 8:05:23 AM

all at "ageloving_com"

Wiseguy 8/29/2012 8:14:44 AM

Guess I'm the lone wolf again. I like this and would've opted for it.

I loved the film but one scene with a little more somber tone at the beginning wouldn't have changed the film all that much. Plus it shows and defines the consequences a little better even though we see it in the film this highlights them and shows that the fighting wasn't just one big game of laser tag.
 

Plus this also lays the ground work for a registration act in the sequel and maybe a pseudo civil war

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