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Watch: Alternate Opening To 'The Avengers' Is A Bit Of A Downer

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 28, 2012 at 1:14PM

The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton, another with Loki and Hawkeye and a gag reel, now comes an alternate opening to the movie itself. And it's a bit of a downer.
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The Avengers Cobie Smulders

The summer movie season is basically over, but if you still need a shot of superhero adrenaline, Marvel has got you covered, as they drop their record-breaking "The Avengers" on home video next month with a boatload of extras. And that material continues to make its way online and after a deleted scene featuring Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton, another with Loki and Hawkeye and a gag reel, now comes an alternate opening to the movie itself. And it's a bit of a downer.

This version has Joss Whedon's film kicking off with a glimpse of a ravaged Manhattan after the "Tesseract event," with Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) filing a report about what happened, and sounding off about Nick Fury and his reckless ways. There's a sorta 9/11-ish vibe from the start, and it's a bit of a dour way to start the film which in general doesn't fit with Marvel's more broadly appealing approach. It also seems to set up a flashback format which wouldn't have jibed well, at least with the version of the movie we saw in theaters.

Give it a spin below. "The Avengers" hits home video on September 25th.

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