Director’s cuts can be great, giving you further insight into a film’s characters and fleshing out the world, or they can be terrible, overly self-indulgent and filled with changes for the sake of making changes. Oh yea, and sometimes they’re fictional.
There’s a rumor floating around the net that Disney/Marvel are going to try to wring some extra money out of Avengers and maybe bump it up a bit in its record rankings (it’s $86m behind Titanic for 2nd place domestically). If you come across this or if one of your friends tells you about it, ignore it. It’s not true.
Here are the facts.
- The news of an Avengers director’s cut rerelease is being reported on by sites such as Reelz and Blastr, they both credit SuperHero Authority.
- SuperHero Authority claims to have gotten their info partly from a post at Comicbook.com. However, that article is really just a “wouldn’t it be cool if they put the deleted scenes back in?” piece. As indicated by the author saying, “we’ve got to wonder if the idea has occurred to Disney and Marvel Studios to release an extended director’s cut of The Avengers in theaters.”
- Joss Whedon, himself, said in an interview with Collider that there is no director’s cut.
No [there won’t be a director’s cut on the DVD]. I believe very strongly in putting the director’s cut into the theaters. I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience. I’ve never really been in a situation where I had to pull the beating heart out of something that I did. I think people get to see a lot of extraordinary extras because I did shoot a bunch of stuff that I love, but the movie is the movie I want it to be.
Would it be cool to see a three-hour version of Avengers? Probably. Is Avengers, as it is, a really tight film and an extra half-hour could feel like padding? Again, probably. But it doesn’t really matter, because the source for this information (despite the fact that it’s being reported all over the place) is only someone thinking out loud.