The small (but BIG) difference between UK/U.S. cuts of Avengers

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Dec 17, 2012

It's not extremely uncommon for films to have minor tweaks for different release markets, but those changes typically come before it opens in theaters—not on the DVD release. So what odd edit are UK Avengers fans spotting in the recent Blu-Ray release? Spoiler for The Avengers coming up!

In the shocking scene that shows Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) apparent death at the hands of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), anyone who saw the theatrical cut saw Loki's blade slice through the valiant S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

But keen-eyed UK viewers have spotted a little FX tweak to the scene on DVD there (there has been no apparent change to the US release). That blade that pops through Coulson? It's gone.

Here are the two images side-by-side, via Movie Censorship:

Now why exactly did Marvel decide to make this tweak? We have no idea, but expect speculation to run rampant. In all likelihood, the edit was made for some reason or another to shave a bit of graphic violence off the cut. But the edit had no effect on the film's UK rating, so why bother?

The other, more fun explanation? Retcon! Fans have clamored for Coulson's return ever since his apparent death, and there is some speculation that the change is to make it easier for Coulson to pop back up in a potential sequel. Obviously, there are some massive holes in this theory, most obviously that the change was only made in the UK release, and not worldwide.

Plus it's kind of hard to retcon something seen by millions upon millions in what was the biggest blockbuster of the year.

So, yeah. We're still clueless. Why do you think Marvel made the apparent change?

(Movie Censorship via Bleeding Cool)

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