How big is "The Avengers" going to be? THR says that new pre-release tracking figures over the weekend indicate the film is presently tracking better than both "The Dark Knight" and "The Hunger Games" were at this point ahead of their respective releases - and both of those films opened in the $150-160 million range.
Meanwhile one of the more interesting quotes from the recent L.A. junket for the film came from the film's director Joss Whedon who confirmed that his 'first assembly' cut of the film ran three hours (while the final film runs 2hrs 22mins). As a result "at least 30 minutes" of cut scenes will make the disc release.
Most of the stuff cut was character elements. He tells Collider that "It’s some character stuff but it was more ancillary. Marvel never wanted to take the texture out of the movie, the little moments between people. We wanted, obviously, to streamline it and make it not so long that it became self-indulgent… but the thing I loved was there were so many little moments that I thought, 'They’re going to make me squeeze this out,' and they never did. Once we had the structure down, they really wanted it to breathe and for these things to be as textured as they could be."
Amongst the cut scenes was one in Steve Rogers' apartment in Brooklyn. Another was a "beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present" he tells The NY Times. He also admits he was the one who eventually cut it - "I was the one who was like, Guys, we need to lose this. It was killing the rhythm of the thing."