Aug 14th 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
If you're a fan of Marvel's movie output
but haven't picked up the Blu-ray releases of each movie to date, you're missing out - Or, at least, that's what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige
believes, and he's teasing the extra features on the upcoming The Avengers
release as proof. How'd you like some more Maria Hill for your viewing pleasure...?Talking to Moviehole
, Feige said that "Blu-rays are an incredibly important part of the movie process [for us]," adding that,
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. However, we are very proud of these scenes and [Marvel's The Avengers director] Joss Whedon is very proud of them, too. That's why we're excited that fans will be able to see them on Blu-ray. [You'll see] a few more scenes with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders [as well as] 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.
Also present on the Blu-ray is Item 47
, the latest of the Marvel One-Shot movies. Summarizing the plot of the Lizzy Caplan-starring short
, Feige said "it's directed by Louis D'Esposito, who is co-president at Marvel Studios and an executive producer on all of our films... 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 [and] 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."
Marvel's The Avengers
is released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.