Writer / director JOSS WHEDON had a different beginning in mind for “The Avengers”. He even filmed it. And it’s included as an extra on the DVD, which comes out September 25th.
Basically, it starts things at the END of the movie . . . with New York City in ruins following the Avengers’ climactic battle with the alien invaders.
Then it kicks over to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, played by COBIE SMULDERS, being interrogated by her superiors about what went wrong. And she puts all the blame on SAMUEL L. JACKSON’S character, Nick Fury.
By the way, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.