<i>The Avengers</i> Alternate Opening Establishes a Much Darker Tone

With the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Avengers less than a month away, Marvel has been offering up plenty of sneak peeks at the accompanying array of special features. Earlier today we were treated to a tease of a Robert Downey Jr.-centric featurette, and now we have a first look at an alternate opening sequence.

The scene, which comes courtesy of Yahoo!, takes place in the aftermath of the battle between the Avengers and the Chitauri. Slow shots show a destroyed New York City, with Captain America gazing at the mayhem that the Avengers have caused. We then are introduced to Cobie Smulders' S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill as she tells her higher-ups that she believes Nick Fury is "reckless." “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened,” she asks.


As great as this scene is, it doesn't fit the movie Joss Whedon made, and we're glad it got cut. Even at its darkest moments, The Avengers was tempered with a lightness that has become a signature Whedon style. This sequence has none of that, and casts a dark pall over the rest of the movie. Imagine if the entire film had been this depressing! At least it's an interesting look at The Avengers that could have been -- and gives us just that much more Maria Hill.

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.

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