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The Avengers Alternate Opening Establishes a Much Darker Tone

With the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Avengers less than a month away, Marvel has been offering up plenty of sneak peeks at the accompanying array of special features. Earlier today we were treated to a tease of a Robert Downey Jr.-centric featurette, and now we have a first look at an alternate opening sequence.

The scene, which comes courtesy of Yahoo!, takes place in the aftermath of the battle between the Avengers and the Chitauri. Slow shots show a destroyed New York City, with Captain America gazing at the mayhem that the Avengers have caused. We then are introduced to Cobie Smulders‘ S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill as she tells her higher-ups that she believes Nick Fury is “reckless.” “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened,” she asks.


As great as this scene is, it doesn’t fit the movie Joss Whedon made, and we’re glad it got cut. Even at its darkest moments, The Avengers was tempered with a lightness that has become a signature Whedon style. This sequence has none of that, and casts a dark pall over the rest of the movie. Imagine if the entire film had been this depressing! At least it’s an interesting look at The Avengers that could have been — and gives us just that much more Maria Hill.

Arriving Sept. 25, the four-disc Blu-ray combo pack retails for $49.99; the two-disc Blu-ray combo back is $39.99. The one-disc DVD is $29.99. The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.


  • Sephy

    Yeah, I’m glad this got cut. All of the other Marvel movies were told pretty much linearly, doing Avengers in a flashback format wouldnt have fit that pace and it just made the movie feel too dark.

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  • Sephy

    Thor opened with the ending of the movie and was told entirely in flashback? I must have watched a different movie.

  • Darren MacDonald

    I’d have liked to see Avengers done is this depressing style…  Crime fighting isn’t all gumdrops and candy corn my friends.

  • Spacemonkeycomics

    All of the deleted scenes I have seen thus far would have made for a much more intelligent movie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED it. But it was really just a two hour series of booms with witty one-liners. These deleted scenes have a lot of character development which, face it, is usually the first thing to go in action movies.

  • M Rossi

    Captain America. Starts with the SHIELD team finding his plane in the ice.

  • randomengine

    Avengers don’t fight crime. They fight Power Ranger-style baddies.

  • Ollie

    Iron Man…?

  • Desean101101

    Disney shaped the movie.

  • Marc

     To be fair, it did open with Jane Foster and associates literally bumping into Thor and we got a bit of flashback as to how that situation happened, with the movie continuing on once that got over with.

  • tomdaylight

     Opened in the middle of the story with Thor crashing down to Earth.

    Re the negative comments about this. I can’t understand it. I thought the opening we got was totally disorienting (and frankly darker than this – both thematically and visually!) and this at the very least gave us some immediate sense of where the film was going (with little hints of the Avengers and their big battle – I presume the rest of the scene feature snippets of the other four)  – as well as establishing Maria Hill’s character as someone who does not like superheroes, or Nick Fury’s methods, straight from the comic books. (There was no hint of this, or any other characteristics, in the finished film.)

    But given how long the actual film was I get why superfluous scenes like this were cut.

    Still. Too dark? Not signature Whedon? How are those two phoney criticisms even compatible?

  • Demoncat4

    can see that scene getitng cut for one thing that made the film good is the team actully liked each other and bonded

  • AussieAvenger

    Having the DVD here in Australia already, the scene is actually an alternate ending!

  • Faustino Perez

    In my perfect Avengers movie, Maria Hill takes a bubble bath for about forty-five minutes of screen time.

  • Steve

    Wow, yeah that was dark … glad it got cut

  • Steven Mckee

    double post

  • Steven Mckee

    Glad it got cut.She wasn’t very convincing there in fact i thought she acted pretty poorly. As others have said it didn’t fit the film anyway

  • HED

    My main problem is that New York just doesn’t look destroyed enough.

  • Cjorg2

    Bought the bluray yesterday. When it comes to extra features all the latest Marvel Studios releases have been absolutely terrible. Only 6 and a half minute documentary on the making of the film, a woeful short movie that makes no sense at all, a gag reel, and lacklustre deleted scenes!!! I thought we`d get a decent special features disc from what Whedon was promising, but this is shit. Film: 4.5 out of 5. Extras: 1 out of 5. Makes you think twice about getting it only on DVD. For shame Marvel – you blew it with this release!!!!!

  • Rowan Charlton

    This is dark. But I would have liked it in, show what her opinion is on the ‘superheros’.

  • Ana C

    Liked the new option of having a darker opening. It would draw the viewers sympathy toward the human plight of the situation