Soon movie/comic book nerds will get to relive the joy of this summers biggest movie in the comfort of their own homes, Marvel’s The Avengers hits DVD/Blu-Ray on September 25th. Marvel Studio’s head honcho, Kevin Feige, recently spoke to Moviehole about bringing Iron Man and friends into our living rooms.
We finished the big-screen release of The Avengers on the Tuesday and we started working on the Blu-ray on Wednesday. It was very immediate. There are a number of deleted scenes and a few storylines that fell by the wayside during the editing process for the big-screen release.
What deleted scenes you may ask? Feige reveals.
A few more scenes with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders and some slightly different versions of Maria Hill and Nick Fury’s interaction with the World Security Council, which are great to watch – but there are a number of other fun scenes, too.
As for the now famous one-shots we’ve seen in previous home releases for the Marvel movie universe. This time out we have the mysteriously named Item 47 that Feige talks a little about.
At the end of The Avengers, the aliens leave behind a lot of guns and artifacts, as well as a lot of carnage. S.H.I.E.L.D. does their best job to collect all of the alien material so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands – but one gun is left behind. This gun falls into the wrong hands when it is found by a 20-something newlywed couple that decides to use it to their own ends. Agent Sitwell – who was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Thor, The Avengers and the Marvel one-shot The Consultant – is the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in this film and it’s up to him to get the gun back.
Now, how about that massive nerd boner inducing ten-disc, six-movie special edition “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled” collector’s set?
We have had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for the collector’s set. We’ve been talking about things like, “Oh, we’ve got to create a Marvel Master Timeline that showcases all of the events in all of the movies for the collector’s edition.” Well, that’s definitely in there. Also, I always love collector’s sets that look like a cool prop from a movie, which is why we decided to make the collector’s edition look like the silver case from our movies. It’s the silver case that Nick Fury shows Dr. Selvig at the very end of the Thor movie, after the end credits. It’s the same silver case that Nick Fury puts the Tesseract inside; that Loki ends up stealing at the beginning of The Avengers. It’s going to be great! We’re really excited about the collector’s edition. In fact, we can’t wait for everybody to see it.
Now, personally I usually hate the extra, unwieldy packaging that collectors editions come in. They never fit nicely on your shelf and can often be unsettlingly nerdy when seen by any ‘normals’ that come into your TV room. That being said, I am so picking up the 10 disc S.H.I.E.L.D. Tesseract case edition.
No worries about it taking up shelf space, that baby is getting handcuffed to my wrist as I run around playing Agent Coulson with the neighborhood kids.