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

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 28, 2012 1:14 PM
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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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  • Cinematic_high | August 28, 2012 11:52 PMReply

    And they didn't start off with this because......
    I like this opening better than the original......

  • neil | August 28, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    She belongs on TV. The bigger the screen the less she belongs. That says it all. The scene calls for gravitas and she has none.

  • JD | August 28, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    It's well done, but it's strangely awkward. In the final film the battle of Manhattan seems like a glorious triumph, not a tragic disaster. This almost seems to be suggesting the Avengers lost! I wish they could have kept the slow pull back and reveal, though. Although that doesn't really work either--putting it at the opening of the film makes it seem like the movie's going to focus on one character rather then be an ensemble. And as I said below, the woman playing Maria Hill--yikes. (Especially when she's acting against Powers Boothe and Jenny Agutter. Just their VOICES make her look weak.) All in all, it was the right choice to cut this whole thing.

  • ArcherSlyce | August 28, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    I don't think she's that bad. But yeah that doesn't fit with the somehow lighthearted movie... plus as far as I remember Hill is far from being opposed to Fury's recklessness during the movie ? On the other hand it does give a first insight of the board members which we see talking with Fury several times. Talking about alternate opening : The incredible hulk's was nice.

  • Jack | August 28, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    Uh, yeah, that's weird. something out of a Christopher Nolan Batman flick. I'm glad they went with the one they had, and I hate that flash of Hulk, glad they saved the best reveal. But yeah, she's an awful actress even on HIMYM, no range.

  • Jesse | August 28, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    Scene might have worked if they had hired a better actress. She's terribles. No wonder she was hardly in the final product.

  • D'Artagnan | August 28, 2012 7:44 PM

    No, Emily Blunt would have played Black Widow, but was unfortunately contracted to Gulliver's Travels.

  • JD | August 28, 2012 4:13 PM

    Yeah, my thought exactly. My first thought, was, well, if it centered on her no wonder it got cut! She really is a lousy actor....I was amazed she even got cast in the movie in the first place. At some point, wasn't Emily Blount supposed to play Maria Hill?!?

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