The U.K./Germany version of the Avengers DVD release will see a slightly different movie from the rest of the world. (spoilers)Updated with explanation from Marvel/Disney.
Hopefully if you are reading this article, you've seen the Avengers already, otherwise a key death scene will be spoiled...
Still here? Alright.
The Avengers DVD release for U.K., Germany, Switzerland, Austria and a few other European locations will contain a slightly edited version of Agent Coulson's death scene. Whether the scene was altered due to the slightly graphic nature, or to comply with different film standards as the studio reported is up for fanboy debate. In the edited version, we will not see Loki's spear point protrude from Coulson's chest as he is stabbed from behind.
There has been no confirmation that the US version would be altered, only the Italian version has been seen so far unedited. Hopefully, being that it concerns violence and not sex, it won't bother US sensibilities. I, for one, certainly don't want to see a beloved Marvel movie over-Disneyfied. And being that the edited version wasn't the version submitted for ratings, one can't help but wonder why the change was made at all.
Source: Home Digital Choice
For some reason this change has had fans gossiping about Agent Coulson returning from the dead. I for one am not quite sure how watching him die with a spear tip poking through his chest and watching him die without a spear tip poking through his chest is going to change how dead he is. I also don't understand why this theory has built considering the fact that it's not a universal change. However, Marvel/Disney finally offered an explanation for the change.
The version on disc is the same as was released in the UK theatrically. The simple fact is for a 12 certificate film in the UK, that scene was deemed inappropriate. So Marvel Studios chose to remove the spear tip digitally.
Apparently, some UK movie-reviewers may have still seen the unedited version initially since they were seeing it before release. The edited version on the disc will be the same version UK (and some other countries) saw in their theaters. The U.S. (and several other countries) will have the unedited version.
In other news related to the UK release, that version also will not have Joss Whedon's commentary track on it. This is due to the track needing to be delivered a month earlier than the U.S. version before the discs went to press. And there are no plans to add the track to future versions of the UK edition at this time.