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.