‘The Avengers’ Alternate Opening Hints At Dropped Plot Thread

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

By featuring so many characters and making them fit as best as possible in the introduction to The Avengers, some of the key players didn’t have their stories told as several plot threads didn’t make the cut. We know Jeremy Renner is still waiting to play the Hawkeye he signed on for after his limited role in the team-up and another story arc dropped from the film entirely was that of the relationship between S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

In promoting the upcoming home video release of The Avengers, Marvel Studios has released another deleted scene from the Blu-ray, this one presenting what could have been the introduction of the film had they explored the Hill-Fury conflict that was initially intended to play a part in the film’s story.

The clip, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, sets a vastly different tone compared the actual theatrical opening ofThe Avengers and doesn’t quite sync up with how the film’s conclusion played out in terms of the reception of the people of New York to the superheroes protecting them against he alien invasion.

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Hill’s conflict with Nick Fury was a plot thread that had several shots cut from the film but will undoubtedly surface during Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe. Essentially, Hill represents the mysterious council and her viewpoints therefore, don’t quite match that of her superior, Fury, who believes bringing together these heroes is the best hope for Earth.

Without getting into spoilers we can see how that would have changed how a few scenes in regards to S.H.I.E.L.D., especially when it comes to how the Council wants to respond to the alien threat vs. Fury’s plan of relying on six heroes to do the right thing. What we can see is an inevitable arc to be explored down the line, where there will be a power struggle over leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where the world will at one point split itself in questioning the right/wrong of having unaccountable heroes duking it out in civilian population centers, leaving it up to others to clean up the mess. When something goes wrong, who will be responsible? Marvel Civil War anyone?

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The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


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Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. its too early for civil war… maybe conflict… but not totally civil war like…

  2. This isn’t the full scene. The full scene goes for around 4 minutes and shows Hill sticking up for Fury and telling those people on the TV of what a bad thing they did trying to Nuke NY. Got it on BLu Ray yesterday and this is 1 of the 4 (i think) deleted/extended scenes.

    • dude!! r u telling u got (bought) the real bluray The avengers???

      if not….. please tell me how u got the blur ray! also.. upload load it on mediafire as a .rar file too!!!

      • I live in Australia, its official release was today, but the stores here especially 1 called ‘JbHiFi’ always put out releases a few days early thats why i got it yesterday. I got the limited edition, which is a triple play blu-ray with a cardboard slip cover and is just the Avengers ‘A’ symbol on the cover. It came with a 6 minute making of which i believe is 1.5 hours on a very limited UK edition. A 4 minute gag reel, 15 minutes of deleted/extended scenes including the alternative ending – video above.
        The best deleted/extended scene was the captain america 1, it had some great story elements and shouldn’t have been cut.

        • I agree. The Cap scene was definitely the best (that part at the cafe also explains a few things that seemed odd in the movie… about the waitress).

          Out of curiosity, does the Australian version also exclude the director’s commentary?

          • Just checked the case, its not listed and i dont remember it being in the blu ray menu so im guessing no. Im blaming this all on Paramount, they did the same thing with Transformers 3, release a barebones edition, a few months latter release a special feature edition. And since i love Whedon and Avengers im going to have to get a version that has all the bonus features. Its really poor that just because of your geographical location you are withheld material that you are entitled to and still pay more than anywhere els in the world. (ANGRY FACE)

    • The home video release isn’t till mid-September.

      • I live in Australia, its official release was today, but the stores always put stock out early.

    • Yeah it looks like she’s ratting him out at first but in the end she says that they’re stupid for trying to nuke NY and that they recorded it and can possibly use it against the council, so she’s on his side at the end.

  3. Gawd… I agree that this scene wouldn’t work well (without giving Hill a bad reputation) in the movie, and glad they opt it out, but DAMN…
    That’s Ms. HILL alright! The REAL Maria Hill that was not seen in the screen. I’m impressed with how they handle her character, so true to the comic

  4. Jeremy Renner needs to be quiet. He didn’t exactly break box office records in The Bourne Legacy. Much like Edward Norton, he can easily be forgotten should another actor take his place.

  5. ^^BOOYAH^^ Jeremy Who? -lol. I’d still like to see the Hawkeye from the comics get his own movie. Renner or not. Mask PLEASE!

  6. This can’t be the opening scene. If you see the full scene, she talks about how the council tried to nuke NYC, which basically is a major spoiler for the ending.

  7. I was in a mall yesterday here in Johannesburg, South Africa. The stores are full of the 3d, bluray and normal Avengers releases. Don’t know when it was released, but I expect it is the same version that you guys would get in the states? The 6 disc box set is also readily available. Btw, does that include extra features? I really miss screen rant’s DVD reviews, it used to help me a lot…

    • Hey man (fellow South African here in Cape Town).
      I just got my copy of The Avengers on Blu-Ray and DVD (the combo set).
      Sadly, our South-African version isn’t the same as the one being released in the US or UK.
      Our version includes the short film (Item 47), the 4 minute gag reel, only one featurette (6 minutes long), and about 14 minutes of deleted and extended scenes (the US version apparently has 30 minutes :().

      The stuff we don’t get: director’s commentary (really disappointed our version doesn’t have that), more extra scenes, more featurettes, a music video and some of the US versions also includes a 90 minute documentary about the making of the film… which we don’t get either.

      Pretty disappointing to be honest, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

      And just FYI, the 6 disc set includes the same special features that would be found on the individual discs (i.e no extra, exclusive features).

      Hoop dit het gehelp ;)

      • Dankie, ja dit het!

        What a bummer. I wonder why they would sidestep us with the good stuff. Maybe the best would be to buy the discs from Amazon instead…

        • The problem with us South Africans buying from Amazon is the Region Codes…
          If you buy a movie from Amazon it’ll most likely have a Region 1/Region A encoding, which means it won’t play on our South African Blu-Ray and DVD players and gaming consoles (which only plays Region 2/Region B discs), and you can’t remove the region blocks because that’s an illegal act (and pretty difficult to do as well).

          So I wouldn’t recommend buying from an American store (or any international store for that matter) without being absolutely sure that the disc will be compatible with your movie player/gaming console.

          Hopefully they’ll release a better version of the movie (maybe later this year or something). Luckily I only payed R100 (huge sale at the new Makro store in Durbanville, CT), so if they release a better version later this year, I might buy that one and give mine to a friend or something.

          It depends, you can take the chance and buy it from an international store (and risk ending up with something you can’t use), you can wait a while and see if they release a better version (if they do, it’ll probably be around Christmas), or you can buy the SA version as it is…
          I’d recommend you wait a while and see if they don’t get a nicer, more complete version later this year – and if that doesn’t happen, you can always buy the normal version later on…

  8. Gosh l loved the avengers but all these new scenes make me think this could have been a whole other movie. Maybe a way better one

  9. This scene along with Captain America’s (my personal favorite) points to another film that Joss Whedon may have had in mind. While the movie had many great character interaction/scenes I can’t help but feel some felt cut short to let in some humor. Now the humor is not a bad things and worked but I felt the more subtle dramatic sequences in the film and these deleted scenes point to a more personal serious tone that Joss Whedon mentioned he would like to explore in part 2. Of course these scenes feel out of place in the final product but who knows the kind of film the Avengers could have been: still fun and entertaining but deeper and less tongue in cheek self humor in favor of a more thoughtful and dramatic tone.

    I loved this film but as the scenes show the film could have been possibly even better.