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Avengers Alternate Opening Online
Maria Hill has issues...

29 August 2012  |  Written by James White  

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As the DVD / Blu-ray release date for those superheroic Avengers creeps ever closer, the marketing is really ramping up with documentary clips, deleted scenes, gag reels and more making their way online. Now something intriguing has arrived, with the release of a piece from the deleted alternate opening to the movie. Take a look below.

 

It’s especially enticing because it’s a peek into an altogether darker vision of the film, one framed by a battered, tired Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) giving her opinion on what went down in New York. From the looks of this, Agent Hill isn’t too impressed with the actions of her boss (that would be Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury) and the costumed crusaders – even though they managed to save the world from invasion. It’s also a much bleaker tone than the knock around final version of the movie.

In truth, it’s clear to see why Joss Whedon and / or the Marvel gang decided to go another way: the Avengers didn’t really need the downer energy that this provides. But it’s a nice glimpse into the process of refining a big movie.

Avengers Assemble is out on Blu-Ray and DVD in the UK on September 17, which is ahead of the September 25 US release, but already causing controversy for apparently lacking some of the bigger features, such as the Joss Whedon commentary…


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GOOD!!!!! I'm glad they cut this from the movie. It's pointless and stupid. And has no real relevance to what was the finished version we saw More

Posted by DeadCell79 at 15:55 on 04 September 2012 | Report This Post

Assembled.
We got it in NZ on 29th! 3D is excellent (though kinda depends on your TV). But I agree there is next to no special features. A gag reel, deleted scenes and one Doco "A Visual Journey". I'd have like a director's cut which put a lot of the good scenes back in. Maybe we'll get it later like with Avatar but Disney isn't prone to doing that.On that note I hope the Dark Knight Rises has the deleted Bane scenes on the disc somewhere (because a Extended cut would just be too much to hope for More

Posted by Fallen Giant at 00:23 on 31 August 2012 | Report This Post

Dreadful!
It's not hard to see why that hit the cutting room floor. More

Posted by Jim Bob at 08:21 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

Special features? What Special Features?
So once again the UK consumer is being diddled by the studios.. How long before a "Ultimate" edition or something comes along with all the same features as the US version? I give it 3 months...just in time for Christmas! Cynical..Moi? More

Posted by bruciebonus at 21:12 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

Wow...awful
Nice to see the comparison but its badly acted, cheesy and ilfitting in tone to the movie. Good job with the editing. More

Posted by spideed2 at 13:32 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

I refuse to buy it without commentary.
We better get all the special features soon as. More

Posted by VwikusM at 08:35 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

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