Yet another deleted scene from The Avengers has surfaced online – in the form of a 3-minute alternate introduction to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his experience adjusting to life in the 21st century.
This clip harkens back to when writer/director Joss Whedon had plans for Avengers to be told from Rogers’ perspective. Hence, we have some quiet moments highlighting the character’s loneliness in our modern world, being a man out of his time who’s wrangling with the knowledge that all his friends and loved ones are long gone (save for his sweetheart, Peggy Carter).
Furthermore, this scene includes the initial setup for the waitress (Ashley Johnson) who sings Cap praises after he saves her during the climactic Manhattan battle – as well as a more subtle, but still amusing, cameo from Stan Lee, compared to the one that made the final cut. It’s apparent why this footage ended up on the editor’s floor, seeing how it doesn’t mesh well with the structure and pacing of the first act in Whedon’s theatrical cut; nonetheless, it’s satisfying as a self-contained piece.
That holds true for the other deleted Avengers scenes unveiled so far, including an introspective moment with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in the aftermath of his Hulk-out aboard the Helicarrier – and an alternate opening sequence that touches on Maria Hill’s (Cobie Smulders) discontent with Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) way of running things.
No doubt, the theatrical Avengers cut does an excellent job finding screen time for the vast cast of superheroes and deadly secret agents, but inevitably certain plot threads had to be played down or dispensed altogether. Cap’s struggle was among the elements that ended up being watered down, in order to allow more room for bigger story beats to breathe; in fact, a good chunk of the 30 + minutes of deleted scenes on the Avengers Blu-ray are expected to be focused on Steve Rogers.
It might all work out for the best, though, seeing how Captain America 2 will, in no small way, revolve around Rogers’ efforts to integrate himself into the modern world – not to mention, find closure when it comes to a certain person from his past (hence the sequel’s subtitle, The Winter Soldier). Thus, that film won’t be at risk of treading on territory already sufficiently explored by The Avengers.
The Avengers releases on Blu-Ray and DVD on September 25th, 2012.
Source: Marvel [via Latino Review]