Watch the Alternate Opening to THE AVENGERS

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We’ve been sharing a number of deleted scenes and featurettes from the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Avengers over the past week or so, but arguably the most exciting extra yet has just been released online: an alternate opening to the film.  This deleted scene actually opens the film up with Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill being interrogated following the events that happen in the film’s finale, setting up the rest of the movie as a flashback.  We see glimpses of New York City destruction, a solemn Captain America, and a tease of Hulk that would have proved ridiculously tantalizing had we seen this alternate opening on first viewing.  I actually think I might prefer this scene to how the movie opens now, as it hints at the grave nature of what’s to come before being thrown into the somewhat confusing research facility sequence.  That said, it doesn’t really fit with the lighter tone that Whedon and Marvel settled on for the theatrical release. Hopefully the Blu-ray also comes with a commentary and/or featurette with Whedon discussing why he opted not to use this opening.

Hit the jump to watch the deleted scene.  The Avengers hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on September 25th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Avengers:

Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”–the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

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  • LP

    The problem with this alternate opening, and ending, is that it introduce a different version of Colbie Smulder’s Agent Hill character, one with a more defiant attitude toward Nick Fury, rather the team player shown in the theatrical release. Though I adore Colbie Smulder, these scenes along with a few other longer scenes, was ultimately not necessary for the plot of the movie, IMHO.

    • Wiz

      Well actually in the comics she is always against Nick Fury’s decisions. Eventually she takes over SHIELD when Fury goes missing. So in a sense i think maybe Whedon was trying to kind of show that side of her in this scene.

      But i am also glad that they cut this out, it would have set the mood of the film to a somber dark kind of movie which it wasn’t.

  • Stinky

    Agreed with LP. Spot on.

    That open is too dark. Glad it was shelved.

  • Nick

    Of course this was cut, an attempt to establish dramatic tension or the possibility of danger for our heroes? Perish the thought! Lets instead undercut the villain in EVERY scene so that at no point do we take him as a credible threat (despite everyone saying that he is throughout the movie) and when the actual fight occurs we see nothing but our heroes kicking a**, at no point do they seem truly overwhelmed, except when suddenly and without warning they just kinda.. you know, are. The city destruction is given no real wait as the heroes are responsible for as much of it as the bad guys all as they joke as everyone around them are theoretically dyeing. Though, we cant even really say that, as at no point are we given any real cues to “get” that this is happening. ya know other than the building destruction our heroes seem to not care about. And even when they do start to get overwhelmed it is more due to them just having killed so goddamn many that they are getting tired/running out of ammo. Not exactly fodder for me caring two sh*ts about what is going on.

    But you know FUNNY, so everything else is forgiven. I have nothing against funny, but an action movie with 0 dramatic tension is not a good action movie no matter how comedic the tone. Even in the completely over the top Batman of the ’60′s there was dramatic tension and the thought that at some point he may be in danger. The ONLY point where this comes close to occurring is in the middle of the movie when the hulk is looming over a very mortal black widow (best part of the film). After that it is downhill from there.

    But, I have to agree with others that it should not have been included. Because as much as it sets the movie up for the tension it is sorely lacking, without any actual tension after the opening or reference to it being a flashback it just would have been strange and out of place. I will just have to settle for the over hyped mediocrity we have rather than the great and refreshing film Tom Hiddleston desperately tries to give us, as everyone else just dicks about.

    • Felipe AC

      Man,you must be really fun at parties…

      • Nick

        Right, because my attempt to discuss a movie beyond, IT WAS AWESOME, or IT SUCKED! on a site about movies, has anything to do with my ability to have fun. If you don’t wish to respond directly to my comment, you are welcome not to. However, if you do not like to engage in this type of discussion then why bother posting about things irrelevant to the topic?

        Snarky comments about posts you disagree with are easy. I do not blame you if you do not wish to spend time discussing the merits of a film in detail, but what does that have to do with my choice to do so?

      • paul tracy

        NIck, I’m so glad you did not edit this film.

        ~ p

    • Silver

      Thank you Nick, I feel exactly the same about the movie. It could have been SO much better with the feeling of real danger. Even though I loved Loki in Thor, here he was downsized to a complete joke. Where was the danger? The aliens couldn’t do anything more than fly around aimlessly, shoot but never hit, and in an desperate last attempt try to kill some very few citizens with a granate. Wow. I’m SO impressed.. Enough time given, the Avengers would have taken down every single one of them, one after the other. Really exciting. yawn.

      • Nick

        @paul tracy: I too am glad I did not edit the film. I am not an editor. However, if you had read my comment you would have seen that I agreed this should not have been included in the cut that was made for all of the reasons I listed.

        Now why exactly did you post that comment, you state the obvious about something that is irrelevant to my post? I will say it one more time…

        I get it, snarky replies that say nothing are EASY, but they are also meaningless.

        If you disagree with me, then say why and if you don’t want to take the time to do that, then the simple answer is do not post a reply. Why bother if you are only going to say something that is intuitively obvious to the casual observer.

      • TheDarkKnightCums

        Loki was in Thor!? That’s Gay!

  • Nick

    Of course this was cut, an attempt to establish dramatic tension or the possibility of danger for our heroes? Perish the thought! Lets instead undercut the villain in EVERY scene so that at no point do we take him as a credible threat (despite everyone saying that he is throughout the movie) and when the actual fight occurs we see nothing but our heroes kicking a**, at no point do they seem truly overwhelmed, except when suddenly and without warning they just kinda.. you know, are. The city destruction is given no real wait as the heroes are responsible for as much of it as the bad guys all as they joke as everyone around them are theoretically dyeing. Though, we cant even really say that, as at no point are we given any real cues to “get” that this is happening. ya know other than the building destruction our heroes seem to not care about. And even when they do start to get overwhelmed it is more due to them just having killed so goddamn many that they are getting tired/running out of ammo. Not exactly fodder for me caring two sh*ts about what is going on.

    But you know FUNNY, so everything else is forgiven. I have nothing against funny, but an action movie with 0 dramatic tension is not a good action movie no matter how comedic the tone. Even in the completely over the top Batman of the ’60′s there was dramatic tension and the thought that at some point he may be in danger. The ONLY point where this comes close to occurring is in the middle of the movie when the hulk is looming over a very mortal black widow (best part of the film). After that it is downhill from there.

    But, I have to agree with others that it should not have been included. Because as much as it sets the movie up for the tension it is sorely lacking, without any actual tension after the opening or reference to it being a flashback it just would have been strange and out of place. I will just have to settle for the over hyped mediocrity we have rather than the great and refreshing film Tom Hiddleston desperately tries to give us, as everyone else just dicks about.

    • Nick

      and of course it prints this twice, it tells me I enter the security code wrong the first time and then obviously prints it anyways.

      • TheHOYT

        I know, I hate the freakin’ security code feature …

    • TheDarkKnightCums

      Yeah, it tends to happen to retards a lot.

  • Chris138

    If the movie actually delivered on the tension that the opening scene seems to show, then it would have been a lot more interesting. But since it went for lighter and more fun approach, this scene looks laughably over-dramatic.

  • sense 11

    The original opening is a lot better,

  • Ben

    I do like this opening, but I think we have it out of context. It seems like there is more to the scene, and I am guessing that the other twenty minutes of the deleted scenes will have the same dramatic point of view. Cobie Smulders was not used much in the movie, and I am guessing we will see more of her in the rest of the extras. Even the test about Captain America makes the movies have an entirely different feel, I like how they actually show a person who died during the battle in a non-Nolan superhero movie. Leave it to Whedon to add in actual reality to a battle, which they deserve, considering how they treat characters like redshirts sometimes. I can’t wait to sit through all ten discs of this in a row, and officially lose an entire weekend to it.

  • Dylan d

    theres many problems with this opening, first the end of the movie is a bit more triumphant, yea things went wrong, but Hills words and tone make it seem like they failed miserably and Loki won, its cool, and i like it but it doesnt fit, plus agreed, the end would show no reference of this being a flashback, now if the avengers had lost, or at least lost more before they won, and they circled back to this right before the credits, it could have worked.

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  • Brian

    Oh, it was so flawed. But…look…Worldwide: $1,491,800,446

    Dumb-asses…

    • Strong Enough

      so by your logic anything that crosses a billion isn’t flawed? LMaooo

      • Nick

        money does not make something good. It makes it profitable. And no those are not the same thing.

  • paul tracy

    Might have been better off literally picking up a telephone and phoning it in. my goodness.

    ~ p

  • junierizzle

    I think it was cut because Smolders sucked. She was by far the worst part of the movie. Not needed and just a pretty bad performance. She is the Matthew Modine of The Avengers.

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  • choiuce

    The Avengers movie was the most fun i could have without taking my pants off.

  • el wray

    Nick-be quiet.

    • Nick

      Because I disagree with you? If that is the case that is truly sad that you feel all dissenting to the popular opinion should be silenced. If it is because you simply find my posts annoying the very simple solution is not to read them.

      If you disagree with something say why. If you don’t care enough to do that, why are you even taking the time to read it or comment at all?

      At least TheDarkKnightCums is a true and proper troll.

      • Daniel

        dumbass, this movie is great

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