The ‘Avengers’ Alternate Opening You Never Saw

A new featurette from the upcoming 'Avengers' Blu-ray shows how Joss Whedon's superhero epic almost began.

New York is a hell of a town, quite literally, in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The Big Apple is the site of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s single greatest disaster when thousands and thousands of alien invaders known as the Chitauri burst upon the scene, their rampage stopped — just barely — by Earth’s mightiest heroes.

At the outset of “Avengers,” viewers are thrust into the cosmos to get a firsthand look at the Chitauri threat to come. But if Joss Whedon‘s original vision of the movie had seen the light of day, we would have glimpsed the film’s climactic catastrophe right at the starting line.

Yahoo has posted a deleted scene from the “Avengers” Blu-ray that shows an alternate opening to the film. Rather than spending time with Loki and his newly appointed army of aliens for the first moments of the movie, the alternate “Avengers” opening depicts somber imagery of New York in ruins, its people as bruised and broken as the skyscrapers surrounding them. The only hint at the Avengers’ survival of the battle to come is an exhausted Captain America, fully costumed except for his mask, holding his smoldering shield and contemplating the carnage that lies before him.

The scene cuts away from the physically damaged New York to an emotionally depleted Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders. Forty-eight hours have passed since what’s been dubbed “the Tessearct event,” and Hill, very much in need of a vacation, finds herself on the receiving end of a S.H.I.E.L.D. interrogation instead.

“You want to know what went wrong? How this horror, this catastrophe could have been averted?” Hill asks her interrogators, who shoot back, “A lot of people are dead, Agent Hill. Somebody has to answer for that.”

A lot of people have to answer for that,” she answers. One of those people, according to Hill’s unseen interrogators, might be Nick Fury.

“He’s reckless. We’re at war and he thinks about superheroes,” Hill describes of the S.H.I.E.L.D. director. “Who would bring those people together and not expect what happened?”

Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, “Avengers” hits home video on September 25.

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