Watch: Dramatic Alternate Intro to 'Avengers' Paints Grim Flashback
In case you weren't aware, the Blu-Ray and DVD release of The Avengers is coming on September 25th (but the real deal is the "Phase One" of Marvel's cinematic universe which comes in a briefcase with the Tesseract). The impending home video release is where that hilarious gag reel came from, and now we have another tidbit from the set in the form of an alternate intro to the film. It's a much more somber and dramatic scene that would've set the stage for a Christopher Nolan-esque take on The Avengers. It's a great sequence with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) bitterly recalling the disastrous battle in NYC (essentially making the rest of the movie a flashback) but it doesn't jive with everything else. Watch!
Here's the alternate intro to Joss Whedon's The Avengers, originally from Yahoo:
There are clearly echoes of the aftermath of 9/11 here, and injecting the concept of superheroes into a tragedy of that scale helps make the big screen action more grounded and realistic. However, the sequence is just a little too intense and dark, a stark contrast to the level of fun action and comedy that Joss Whedon brings later. That's not to say that The Avengers doesn't have its share of great dramatic moments, but it's easy to see why this opening was cut in favor of what we ended up seeing in theaters. I can't wait to see what else was left on the cutting room floor when The Avengers hits Blu-Ray/DVD on September 25th. Cool?