Just as when the movie released, the U.K. was able to pick up their copy of The Avengers before the U.S. Their version, Marvel Avengers Assemble released on DVD and Blu-ray today and there’s an interesting change. See if you can spot it.
Note, if some how you haven’t yet seen The Avengers, this is a spoiler. Though I can’t imagine you haven’t heard about it by now.
Yeah, they’ve edited away the end of the blade sticking through Coulson’s chest! Could this be some indication Marvel is hoping to retcon away his death?
Unlikely. Evidence seems to point to the decision to remove the blade being made because of excessive violence. There’s an excerpt from the BBFC’s Extended Classification Information for the film that states,
A slightly stronger moment occurs when a man is stabbed through the back by the chief villain’s spear. The detail of the impact is not shown, only the tip of the spear protruding from the man’s chest with a small amount of blood on it. The image is not dwelt upon and serves an important narrative purpose.
But even that doesn’t seem to necessarily condemn the scene. So was it edited on mistake? I only ask because the Blu-ray version is the same as what will be available in the U.S. It’s a region free disc and therefor will work world wide. And its version of this scene is the same as what was shown in theatres. What gives? Those in the U.K. without Blu-ray players can’t handle, “the spear protruding from the man’s chest with a small amount of blood on it “? What do you guys think?
Our version of The Avengers releases September 25th, Loki’s pokey stick in Coulson’s chest intact.
Source: Bleeding Cool