Bleak Alternate Opening To The Avengers


Cobie Smulders in The Avengers (2012) Movie Image

Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” is a lot of fun. Of all the many ways to describe the superhero adventure, those three little letters seem the most appropriate. A new deleted scene from the upcoming Blu-ray release could have changed some of that.

This alternate opening to “The Avengers” paints a very different picture. You begin with images of New York City in ruins, smoke hanging in the air, injured civilians littering the streets; things look dark. From there you move on to SHIELD agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) criticizing the actions of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and even the Avengers themselves.

While the scene itself is a nice piece, one that grabs your attention and sucks you in, it’s easy to see why they went another direction. Opening with this would indelibly change the movie that follows. It would hang over everything that follows like a shadow. “The Avengers”, despite moments of violence and darkness, is an upbeat, positive film. You like the Avengers, you root for them, they’re not perfect, but their hearts are in the right place. To begin like this would have cast a bleak pall, and instead of sitting back and enjoying the giddy ride, you’d spend the entire movie waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the tide to turn.

“The Avengers” assemble on Blu-ray and DVD September 25, 2012.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Curtis

    Ah so the did write maria hill like the comic book

  • BelmontHeir

    Yeah, this almost seems like the opening for an entirely different cut of the movie.

    • Brent McKnight

      Wouldn’t it totally change the feel of the movie to begin like that?

      • Nix

        That and the fact that Hill, at the end of the day, really didn’t have much of an impact on the movie as a whole, being mostly a background character with dialogue, so it would probably seem really odd to have her bookmark the film.

        • Brent McKnight

          It seemed like there was a lot of hoopla surrounding Smulders when she signed on to do the film (and films), that I wondered if she originally played a bigger role.

          • Nix

            Probably. I recently saw a deleted scene where Captain America wanders around New York for like 3 minutes before ending up in that gym where Nick Fury found him in order to recruit him for the team. So I could see Whedon writing a big role for Smulders, then realizing he had to chop it down in order to accommodate the superheroes, the ones everyone came to see in the first place.

  • LionHeart

    Great scene really, but no doubt it just does not fit.

  • ErickKwon

    I can see why they went with the opening they did. It felt kind of clumsy but I guess you needed to the setup the Chiatari ASAP. But I like this one, too. Who in 2012 would’ve expected “The Avengers” to open like “Big Trouble In Little China”??