"There's been no censorship, no foul play. The version of Marvel's Avengers Assemble [the U.K. title for The Avengers] on Blu-ray disc in the U.K. is the same as the version shown theatrically. It really is. The simple fact is for a 12 certificate film in the U.K., that scene was deemed inappropriate. So Marvel Studios chose to remove the spear tip digitally."
I want Coulson as much as the next guy -- probably much, much more, actually -- but this was not the way he was gonna come back. It's just that seeing a dude get impaled is likely to turn British people into violent, lunatic anarchists, much like seeing a female nipple turns Americans into homicidal dog rapists. We all have limits, people. Nothing to be ashamed of. (Via Spinoff)