The upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of The Avengers will include this deleted scene, an interview between the Shadow-y Council and SHIELD Director Maria Hill. The scene was originally intended to begin the film but we have to say that we're glad Whedon cut this, as it gives Avengers an ominous tone that the film really doesn't earn. We want some superheroes to tear the place up. That's why we came to see the movie!
Maybe Joss will save the intent of this scene for Avengers 2?