The latest peek at a deleted scene from The Avengers shows a different possible opening scene for the movie. Instead of opening with Loki, it begins at the end. We see the post-battle, devastated cityscape and then cut to Maria Hill being interrogated about the incident. She doesn’t hesitate to throw Nick Fury and his superhero team under the bus.
It’s a solid scene, but it’s heavy. The serious tone wouldn’t have set the film off in the same way and wouldn’t have matched the rest of the movie. Though The Avengers isn’t all laughs, the lighter touches definitely contributed to making it awesome. This scene doesn’t jive with that, and it seems like it was definitely cut for a reason.
Check out the alternate scene after the break.