A more somber, post-9/11 vibe underscores this alternate opening to The Avengers (available as “Maria Hill Investigation” on the Blu-ray/DVD combo Sept. 25 from Disney Home Ent.) Incidentally, blockbuster superhero movie returns to theaters Labor Day weekend for a one-week run.
After a devastating attack on New York in which Captain America (Chris Evans) solemnly looks on, Hill (Cobie Smulders of How I Met Your Mother) tells authorities that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is responsible for recklessly putting his faith in The Avengers. She even flashes back to the out of control Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). This obviously establishes a darker tone that would’ve been more daring for Joss Whedon to navigate through.