‘Avengers’ Animatics Show Us the Movie That Might Have Been

By  · Published on August 27th, 2013

A group of villagers trudging through the jungle, a convoy carrying some heavy weaponry and a mysterious quadriplegic, Iron Man causing vehicles to crash and guns to be drawn.

This isn’t how The Avengers re-introduced Tony Stark to the world, but it could have been. Comic Book Movie has scored four fantastic animatics (which you can watch below) from Federico D’Alessandro who did the work of bringing the 2010 and 2011 script drafts to graphite life.

There’s a thrilling tunnel chase, a devastating arrow from Hawkeye, an evil Jarvis, and an extended final battle sequence, but maybe the most bittersweet lost element is the brief glimpse we get at Joss Whedon’s take on Wasp. She could have been a major part of the movie, but her inclusion was dropped as development progressed.

She may be around for future Marvel adventures, but for now she survives in these scrapped sequences.

The two things that stand out the most are how much more Stark was in this version and how early that had Hulk’s anger issue sorter in the production process. For what turned out to be a fist-pumping, lynchpin moment for the movie, it’s fascinating to see that they’d planned it from the drawing board.

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