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Coulson Lives (Kind Of) In 'The Avengers' U.K. Home Video Release

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 18, 2012 9:38 AM
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Is he or isn't he? When Joss Whedon decided to kill off beloved Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in "The Avengers," fanboys immediately took to the interwebs to declare, speculate and hypothesize that he wasn't really dead, and that if viewed a certain way, he could still be alive. Or maybe it was a grand fakeout by Nick Fury to motivate the superheroes to work together. Well, whatever the fate of Coulson in the Marvel universe (though if they bring him back, it sort of takes the emotional stakes right out of Whedon's film) there will be more fodder for fans to pick over.

The folks over at Topless Robot (via ONTD) have made a rather interesting discovery concerning the U.K. and U.S. versions of "The Avengers" that's about to hit shelves. Notably, in Coulson's death scene on the stateside release, we see Loki's staff coming out of his chest, but in the U.K. release...we don't (see both scenes below). Is something afoot? Did someone in the AV room goof up? Nah. U.K. censors tend to be much more particular about violence, especially as it pertains to movies geared toward kids, and we'd guess it's one of the minor edits that needed to be made for the film to secure a 12A rating.

But of course, that likely won't stop those who want to believe. "The Avengers" hits home video on September 25th. 

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  • Piotrek | September 19, 2012 7:14 AMReply

    Bummer, my polish BD is censored as well. I wonder which version of "Hunger Games" will I end up with...

  • boxofficeBUZ | September 18, 2012 10:02 AMReply

    The UK version was uncut in cinemas but some how we've ended up with the German master which was also censored. France and Italy have the uncut versions of the film but Disney are letting fans know that The Avengers is region free on blu-ray in the US if they want the missing commentary track and unedited version of the scene above.

  • Archer Slyce | September 18, 2012 9:50 AMReply

    Buying a blu-ray or a DVD gets really tricky in Europe. Sometime the UK version is mandatory for all Europe (The slightly edited Walking dead season one box-set IIRC) sometime it's not. Here's an helpful website :

  • Archer Slyce | September 18, 2012 10:00 AM

    PS: So yeah forgot to say but the site quoted above states that the German Dvd is edited too. Dunno about the french (but I know it doesn't have Joss Whedon's commentary).

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