Chris Hemsworth plays Thor and Chris Evans plays Captain America in 'The Avengers'

A number of deleted scenes from Marvel’s The Avengers have found their way online in recent days ahead of the upcoming Avengers Blu-Ray release. Our vote for the most intriguing deleted scene so far is a somber alternate opening in which Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) is being interrogated – after the movie’s battles are over and New York City lies in ruins – about what went wrong.

It’s easy to see why that scene wasn’t used. It would’ve affected the tone of the entire movie which, above all else, was a fun ride.

But here is a deleted scene that we have a hard time believing was ever filmed in the first place.

It’s entirely focused on Steve Rogers, the alter ego of Captain America (played by Chris Evans). The scene portrays him as a lonely man trapped in strange, modern era, pining for the long-dead woman whom he loves.

It’s not that we don’t like the scene. It’s great stuff that illuminates his character, but it’s three minutes long. Did Joss Whedon, the movie’s writer-director, really expect to use it in the movie?

Whedon discusses both scenes and his reasons for deleting them in this interview with Vulture. He has interesting things to say, especially about why he initially wanted to frame the movie with Agent Hill.

But The Avengers has seven major hero characters, more or less, plus a major villain in Loki, not to mention space invaders and a couple of major non-superhero supporting players. On top of that, the movie is an origin story of sorts, showing how the heroes were brought together to form the Avengers.

They learn to work together in concert, but each superhero also is given room for solos. If each of the members also had been given three-minute-long introductory scenes to flesh out their characters, imagine how long it would have taken before the action started. No matter how well-made the scenes were, the first part of the movie would’ve felt like an eternity.

On top of that, this scene – like the alternate beginning with Agent Hill – is somber stuff, not at all like the prevailing tone of the movie.

It makes you wonder to what extent the  shape and tone of the final film was determined in the editing room. Editing is extraordinarily important to the tone and shape of every movie. It looks like The Avengers could’ve been a completely different movie had they made different cuts.

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