Hulk goes existential in deleted Avengers scene

Those of you who have seen The Avengers will likely recall a scene in which Loki attempts to kill off The Hulk by dropping him off of the SHIELD helicarrier. Obviously this doesn’t work, and in the film he simply crashes into an abandoned building, creates a huge pile of rubble, then turns back into mild-mannered doctor Bruce Banner. As he struggles to regain consciousness he is confronted by a security guard, played by legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton, who asks Bruce if he knows what he really is.

Now, in the version of the film you all originally saw the interaction was only a few seconds long, but in earlier cuts this scene was longer and featured more candid banter between the security guard and the naked guy who just crushed his building by falling through it. It’s a cute scene and would have fit into the tone and spirit of The Avengers nicely, but it does seem a bit superfluous and was thus deleted. Fortunately, since The Avengers was a massive success, Marvel Studios is packing everything it can into the film’s September 25 Blu-ray release, including half a dozen separate scenes that were filmed for the movie but cut before it hit theaters. 

But you’re not here to listen to tales of all the neat things that are going to be on The Avengers’ Blu-ray release, right? No, you’re here because you want to watch nearly a minute of Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton discussing the inner turmoil of Bruce Banner in an empty, decrepit warehouse. Honestly that’s a bit odd, but we’ve embedded the full version of this deleted scene at the bottom of this text, so have at it. 

One point we’d like to make though: Why save these kinds of scenes for the Blu-ray release? The Avengers was a huge smash hit, and we’d be willing to bet that if Marvel Studios was to re-release the film with all of its deleted scenes put back in as some kind of special “extended edition” that people would line up to see the thing one more time. Granted, that’s arguably an underhanded marketing tactic, but Hollywood does underhanded quite well.

Updated to correct an error that misidentified the character Stanton plays. Thanks to our reader “jesterking” for pointing it out. 

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