Though the summer movie season isn't over yet, it seems fair to say that "The Avengers" will walk away box office champion. No other movie has come as close to capturing the worldwide audience's attention the way Marvel's band of rowdy superheroes has. And we couldn't be happier.
With "The Avengers" due out on DVD and Blu-Ray September 25 in the US (August 29 in Australia and New Zealand, those lucky jerks), Moviehole sat down with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to tease some of the treats fans have in store for them on the forthcoming Blu-Ray. Let's just say we'll be getting plenty more Cobie Smulders.
"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," Feige said. "[There are] 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."
He also opened up a bit about the special edition boxed set of all Marvel cinematic universe movies up until this point, which is also coming out on September 25. The goal of that set is to connect Marvel's films in a way that the studio hasn't done yet.
“We’ve always said that our movies have to standalone; Marvel movies have to be their own experience. But for the fans that want to pay attention and are following along, there’s a wealth of connectivity between the movies," Feige said. "There’s a wealth of Easter Eggs and there’s a wealth of connecting the dots – and we want a collector’s edition that allows people to dig as deep as they want to go."
He continued, "That’s why we are including a number of files containing memorabilia and prop reproductions of various items from each of the movies in the collector’s set, all of which track the connectivity between the movies. The six movies – 'Iron Man,' 'Iron Man 2,' 'The Incredible Hulk,' 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'Thor' and 'Marvel’s The Avengers' -- are all going to be in their own custom, original artwork slipcases. Plus, when you open up the collector’s edition case, there’s a glowing Tesseract inside."
As for "The Avengers" (and "The Avengers 2") director Joss Whedon, Feige is a fan.
“You have to make sure that it doesn’t seem utterly ridiculous that a guy from outer space, a billionaire with a suit of armor and a guy who turns green when he gets upset could all fit into a movie together for people who have never read the books – and that’s where Joss Whedon came in," Feige said. "He was able to weave together their stories in a really great way.”