"Marvel's The Avengers" didn't always begin with that confusing and ridiculous attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. (Never forget: Nick Fury's somersault out of an exploding helicopter.)

In a just-released clip from the "Avengers" Blu-ray/DVD, fans are offered an alternate opening sequence to the Joss Whedon film, one that presents an entirely different narrative structure than what wound up onscreen. Here, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) is being interrogated 48 hours after the events that concluded "The Avengers" and she's quite displeased with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and The Avengers Initiative -- this despite the superheros having saved New York and the world from Loki and his army of Chitauri. The scene -- which recalls the bookends to "Saving Private Ryan," among other films -- sets "The Avengers" up as a story told from Hill's point of view; as any of the millions who saw the summer's biggest hit in theaters can attest, that's far from the case.

Watch the clip above to see what might have been. "Marvel's The Avengers" hits Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 25.

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  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Actor Mark Ruffalo (R) and Sunrise Coign

    Actor Mark Ruffalo (R) and Sunrise Coigney arrive at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers', at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: (L-R) Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Stellan Skarsgard arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Actress Scarlet Johansson arrives at the

    Actress Scarlet Johansson arrives at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Robert Downey Jr. arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Mario Lopez arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Musician Chris Cornell arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Sunrise Coigney (L) and actor Mark Ruffalo arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jeremy Renner arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Samuel L. Jackson arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actors Clark Gregg (L) and Jennifer Grey arrive at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Writer/director Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Writer/director Joss Whedon arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the the

    Actor Chris Hemsworth arrives at the the world premiere of Marvel’s 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor/comedian Hal Sparks arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives for t

    Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives for the world premiere of “Marvel’s The Avengers', at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, April 11, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Alexander Skarsgard arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Marvel Studios' "Marvel's The Avengers" - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actor Jon Favreau arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' 'The Avengers' at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


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