• Mon, Sep 17 2012

Disney Went All, Well, Disney On Us And Censored The Avengers‘ Big Death Scene

Loki "wtf are you doing" gif The Avengers censored DVD Coulson death spear tip

Marvel‘s superhero epic The Avengers is coming to DVD/Blu-ray on September 25, and so far all of the deleted scenes and blooper reels we’ve seen have gotten us even more excited to watch Joss Whedon‘s record-breaking film all over again. But there’s one change to the DVD that has a lot of viewers upset. It appears that in certain versions of the film released in Europe ahead of the U.S. DVD release, Disney decided to censor the movie’s major death scene. (So get ready for some spoilers, for anyone who somehow hasn’t already seen this movie.)

When Clark Gregg‘s character, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, gets murdered by Loki, it’s your typical disturbing Whedon death—partly because this character had popped up in every Marvel movie since 2008, but also because we watch Loki’s spear go straight through his chest. It’s the movie’s worst bit of gore, and while it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, it’s not easily forgotten.

However, it looks as if Disney decided that this scene was too much for viewers. Bloggers reviewing foreign versions of the film have noticed that in Coulson’s death scene, the tip of the spear has been erased entirely. German film site Schnittberichte.com compares two screenshots, one from the censored version and then the uncut version, from the Italian DVD.

The Avengers Coulson death scene censored spear Loki Tom Hiddleston Clark Gregg

The Avengers Coulson death scene censored spear Loki Tom Hiddleston Clark Gregg

What gives, guys? The people buying this movie know what they’re getting into. Yet it’s as if Disney worries that its younger audiences will stumble upon this film — which is technically Disney, yes, but only because they bought Marvel — and be scarred by some violence. British site SFX reported that the movie’s rating didn’t even change despite that scene getting censored. It’s a serious enough change that the British Board of Film Classification is investigating whether the censored movie is in breach of the Video Recording Act. Shit’s getting real, you guys.

To add insult to injury, there are like five different UK Avengers DVDs, each with a different “extra”—the post-credits shwarma scene, a commentary track from Whedon, a 90-minute making-of documentary. All of these are available on the U.S. version, but if you live outside of the States you’re lucky to get just one depending where you buy the DVD/Blu-ray. This is seriously messed up and a major faux pas on Disney’s part.

And anyway, it’s pretty ironic that this is the studio that killed Bambi’s mom, and yet they’re trying to protect us from some gore?

[via Whedonesque]

Photos: Schnittberichte.com

.gif: lotsofloki on Tumblr

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bentendo Ben Dawson

    Disney are constantly taking the UK for a ride… whether it’s omitting
    bonus features and re-editing scenes in the Avengers, or still charging
    the same for their remastered classics even though the extra DVD/Digital
    copies are omitted from the UK version. It’s all cheap and not
    respecting of the customer spending their money on Disney’s
    goods.

    The absolute prime example was the release of The
    Incredibles on bluray. The US version was FOUR discs, the UK version had
    just one disc and contained less features than the DVD released years
    prior!

    Oh and never mind bonus features, the Avengers
    film boxset is a ripoff. I got it home and it’s just the discs grabbed
    out of previous boxsets and thrown into a new case… Iron Man 2 still
    states it’s “Disc 1″ because it’s been taken from a two disc set!

    • Eggimations

      Just saying, the films do get released like 3 days earlier in the UK. They obviously don’t hate you that much…

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  • Fed_Up18

    Could be that Disney also knows something that some of us suspect: that Coulson isn’t really dead. You never actually see the “body”, Fury is KNOWN to lie about ANYTHING (like the cards Coulson had) to further his own agenda, and “Shield Life Body Double”

  • mehhh

    someone complained too much or someone let thier 3 year old watch the avengers that censor ruined the film he dosen’t even look dead now :/ maybe it’s a way to bring him back in the future but they lift it on a cliff hanger if he died or not :P

  • the amazing cj hogan

    so disney will censor the classic cantina scene where obi wan chops ponda baba’s arm off,,,, and the wampa scene and the whole movie of revenge of the sith and….

  • Aleesha

    so they can use this as an excuse for the TV series Agent of Shield…