ScreenCrush spotted the announcement, which came via an email from Amazon in which pre-order was announced, with both Blu-ray and DVD including “an extended version and an alternate ending.” There’s no word yet regarding what those changes and extended scenes might be, though Joss Whedon has previously revealed that his original cut of the movie was more than three hours long, so there’s no lack of potential material.
So, there's going to be a Avengers Age of Ultron DVD and Blu-Ray and the movie's not even out a full weekend, eh? Well, that part's obvious, but will there be another infamous Marvel One-Shot, in the tradition of Item 47 and Agent Carter?
Well, I submit Hawkeye: The Tape, based on the storyline by Matt Fraction and Javier Pulido from Hawkeye #4 and 5, better known from the Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon TPB from Marvel Comics. And, since Hawkeye had a huge role to play in Age of Ultron, as well as a glimpse into his non-SHIELD life, this storyline is perfect for a Marvel One-Shot!
You won’t believe what is on The Tape! S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Clint to intercept incriminating evidence—before he becomes the most wanted man in the world.
Superstar artist Javier Pulido joins Matt Fraction in a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe...and the darkest parts of Clint Barton.
Yes, it centers around an actual VHS tape! Apparently, since the world is full of hackers and DVD pirates, it was safer to put dangerous footage on a VHS tape, since it's easier to keep track of one piece of antiquated media. The Tape (later found to be a SHIELD decoy) shows Hawkeye assassinating a terrorist in a mission called Operation: Eucrettia. If the images on the tape were to get out, it would spell trouble for the President of the United States and Hawkeye personally.
In my opinion, the story focuses on two great scenes that would look awesome next to the mind-blowing imagery from Age of Ultron. Now, whether the producers include new characters like Madame Masque or Kate Bishop is up to them, but they can make use of existing characters as well. Since SHIELD as we know it is finished, this story could be a flashback to a time when Hawkeye was an active agent.
The first bookend: Hawkeye's pickup from his apartment building's roof. Two SHIELD agents descend from the Helicarrier over New York and pick up Hawkeye against his will.
How cool would that look on screen?
Hawkeye sits down with Captain America and Maria Hill and discusses that the Tape is up for auction and will be sold to the highest bidder. The location for the auction? A made-up country called Madripoor. Oh, and one of the bidders?
Now, there's a couple of scenes involving Hawkeye being a cabdriver and fighting Ninjas. We eventually find out that Kate Bishop, who is a member of the Young Avengers (as another Hawkeye) is undercover as Madam Masque. She hasn't been introduced in the MCU yet, but you could even substitute Agent 13, or 33, or any other SHIELD agent for the filmed One-Shot.
Bishop eventually gets found out and kidnapped, and Hawkeye, along with Maria Hill, fight a bunch of bad guys outside the building on some SHIELD flying hovercraft sled thing.
Here's the money shot: Hawkeye firing an arrow into the window of the building, creating a big (and loud) explosion, allowing him to come in and save Kate Bishop.
How cool is that? The Tape is destroyed, and our heroes get back to the USA and SHIELD, with Hawkeye in the hospital (as he is a few times in Age of Ultron). Nick Fury tells him the mission was successful.
Since we're already in the world of the Matt Fraction Hawkeye, let's add his car (as an Easter Egg to the die-hard fans). The 1970 Challenger:
And the Tracksuit Draculas...
There's even two posters already made (thanks Pinterest):
Marvel One-Shot: Hawkeye: The Tape. Starring Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Vincent D'onofrio and many others. Whatcha think? Does Marvel have its next One-Shot to go along with the Blu-Ray/DVD of Avengers Age of Ultron?