Not unlike their strategy of releasing a bounty of clips before the film opened in theaters, Marvel is now releasing quite a few deleted scenes and featurettes in anticipation of the release of The Avengers on Blu-ray/DVD. Yesterday we got a doozy in the form of an alternate opening to the film, and today we’ve got another pretty great scene that was left on the cutting room floor. This one focuses on Captain America (and product placement), and follows Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers before he’s approached by Nick Fury about joining The Avengers. We see Cap processing this new world and coming to terms with the fact that almost everyone he knows is now dead and gone. We also see an alternate Stan Lee cameo and the appearance of a character that shows up much later in the theatrical cut.
It’s a really nice scene, but one can imagine it slowing down the momentum of the full film had it been left in. That said, it’s still a must-watch. Hit the jump to take a look. The Avengers hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on September 25th.
[Update: We’ve been asked to remove the clip at Marvel’s request, as this apparently wasn’t an official release.]
Clip courtesy of Marvel (via Latino-Review). And yes, the effects are unfinished so Cap is supposed to be looking up at Stark Tower.
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.