Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
The latest video is a deleted scene that helps bridge the gap between the end of Captain America: The First Avenger and the Sentinel of Liberty’s first appearance in The Avengers. Here we get an alternate introductory scene that shows Captain America coping with the fact that he’s lost everyone close to him, including a short but poignant moment where we see him considering calling his former love Peggy Carter.
But what’s interesting about the scene is that it also does a great job setting up the dynamic between Tony Stark and Captain America that we see for the rest of the movie. The two Avengers constantly butt heads, and here we see that part of that stems from the fact Cap was good friends with Tony’s father Howard (played in Captain America by Dominic Cooper). No wonder Captain America had a difficult time adjusting to Tony’s inflated personality. Honestly, audiences likely would have benefited from seeing even a portion of this scene in the finished film.
This scene also offers an alternate Stan Lee cameo. We have to admit, we like the one used in the final cut of The Avengers much more. But at least we know where that blonde waitress at the end of the film came from!
Marvel has wasted no effort promoting all the great special features that will be available on The Avengers Blu-ray. We’ve already seen a featurette focusing on Robert Downey Jr., a deleted scene where Bruce Banner ponders the Hulk and a very dark alternate opening scene. Still, our favorite of the special features released is definitely the hilarious blooper reel.
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.