The average MCU film runs just over two hours, which isn’t a surprise given the amount of world building, exhibition and action that’s happy to take place. Marvel films constantly face the challenge of bridging the line between viewer-friendly runtime and serving characters and worlds with a literally encyclopedic amount of information.
It should come as no surprise that a lot is left on the cutting room floor when a Marvel film enters its editing phase en route to its final cut. Some scenes are worth cutting out. But sometimes we wish the production process had kept a few. Here are 10 deleted scenes from Marvel movies that should have made it into the movie.
One last moment between Stane and Stark
Obadiah Stane acted as a kind of surrogate father in Iron Man, and as such, his ultimate betrayal earned at least one extra scene, where he and Tony Stark faced each other in a nuanced, tender moment to confront their fractured union.
In a side scene to the final battle between Stane in the Iron Monger armor and Iron Man, the two share a climax where Stark attempts to pull his surrogate father out of the armor as the roof of the Arc Reactor facility collapses. Stane, unwilling to give in, barks about how the two played their parts and were supposed to come to terms with death before Stark lets go of his armor’s gauntlet and causes Stane to fall to his death.
The scene would have gone a long way to providing some sort of bookend for their shattered relationship, painting Stane’s subversion in a far more tragic, emotional light than the final cut would allow.
Frigga and Loki’s heart to heart
In Thor, Loki rises to his royal status after Odin’s sleep and his brother’s exile. The hierarchical change comes suddenly and without an explanatory scene or formal ceremony. A deleted scene not only fills that gap, but also offers a tender moment between the stubborn adopted son and his ever-caring mother, Frigga.
In the scene, Loki and Frigga sit by Odin’s bedside as he slumbers, mourning the king’s weakened state and analyzing his decision to keep Loki’s true parentage a secret. Frigga gently reassures an emotionally torn Loki that he is quite literally her son before a royal guard enters the room and presents Loki with Gungnir, the weapon of the King of Asgard.
The scene functions as a narrative push with Loki’s rise to kingship, but also serves as a character-building moment between Frigga and her troubled son. Having witnessed how heartbroken Loki becomes after the death of his mother in the Loki Disney+ series, seeing that loving moment in the final cut would have served the emotional resonance well.
The Haunted Past of Steve Rogers
The first Avengers film picks up the story of Steve Rogers following the events of Captain America, including his subsequent unfreeze. The Super Soldier has a lot of complicated baggage, which is only briefly acknowledged in a series of quick cuts when he hits a punching bag.
In a slew of deleted scenes, Rogers’ demons are honored as he watches a documentary about the events of World War II and combs through files containing the status of Peggy Carter, the Howling Commandos and his best friend Bucky Barnes. Rogers then walks through the bustling metropolis of Manhattan, overwhelmed by the advances humanity has made in his absence, before heading to a gym to hit a bag.
The omitted scene would have bridged Rogers’ story in much greater detail, giving the audience an even better sense of the sheer scale of despair and confusion felt by the “Soldier from Time” during the film’s events.
Stan Lee at the Collector’s Museum
As the Wardens make their way through the Collector’s Museum on their way to sell the Power Stone to Taneleer Tivan, they come across various glass cages housing the exotic and rare creatures from across the galaxy. In a deleted scene, one of those cages contained a seated Stan Lee, who cheekily fingers Groot as he walks by.
A little more Stan Lee in a Marvel film is never a bad thing, but in Guardians of the Galaxy, the great creator’s cameo was left out of the film due to a creative conflict. Director James Gunn explained that the scene, which was shot with a body double, was cut because it overlapped in audio with Quill taking out the Nova Corps and potentially removed the audience too far from the film’s world.
Regardless of the reasoning, we’re saddened that the late comic book writer’s scene was pulled from the last film.
Thor and the Norn
In a rather clunky sequence seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor and Erik Selvig travel to the Water of Sight to give in to the Aesir’s quest for more knowledge of a vision he experienced under the spell of Wanda Maximoff .
In an alternate, unused scene, the pair encounter a norn, an overseer of the fortunes of the Ten Realms, who owns Thor and provides information to Selvig using Thor as his mouthpiece.
The discarded scene not only introduces intriguing Norse lore, but given the almost non-existent information we get about the waters of sight, it offers a far more appealing way of granting Thor the insight he’s looking for. Even the deleted version sounds clunky, but all is better than what made it to the big screen.
Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter share a moment
Captain America: Civil War introduced a budding relationship between Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter, Peggy’s niece. The distant affection gives way to a tender goodbye kiss between the two, but the romance ultimately feels rushed and unrealistic, due in part to a deleted sequence that didn’t make it to theaters.
At a reception for Peggy’s funeral, Sharon and Steve share a drink apart from the group in a quiet, intimate moment that, while eschewing much of the dialogue already seen in a scene that made the cut, is more in the romantic tone suits their relationship. The scene ends with a charged goodbye in the hotel elevators, giving a better foreshadowing of the kiss that takes place later in the film.
Hela kills Odin
Thor: Ragnarok is widely considered the best Thor movie and one of the best MCU features to date. The film originally had different plans for Odin’s fate, as an alternate, unused sequence depicts his death in a very different way.
The gentle, touching scene between the Asgardian brothers and their peacefully dying father was meant to take place in an alleyway in New York City and featured Hela stabbing and killing Oden before breaking Thor’s hammer and chasing him and Loki across the Bifrost.
The scene sacrifices a very calm, emotional moment on the cliffs in favor of more conflict in the narrative. Directly responsible for Odin’s death, Hela ups the ante for Thor and Loki, turning her mission to stop them from a single note of defending her homeworld into a dark, bitter symphony of revenge and retribution. It’s a painful scene to watch, but one that could have increased the intensity of each character’s motives.
Mantis saves the Guardians of the Galaxy
In the penultimate battle against Thanos in Avengers Infinity War, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the unlikely pairing of Dr. Strange, Spider-Man and Iron Man on Titan. The sequence originally featured the criminally underutilized Mantis rescuing her fellow Guardians.
In the unused scenes, Thanos rips Drax, Nebula, and Star-Lord from their physical bodies with the Soul Stone. After Spider-Man shreds their bodies – from a moon crashing into the planet – Doctor Strange tells Mantis that she is the only one capable of restoring their souls to their lifeless bodies. Mantis accepts the task and successfully merges their souls with their physical forms.
In a franchise that goes out of its way to encourage strong portrayals of women, the scene where Mantis saves her comrades is picture perfect. Not to mention, Mantis is so personable and charming that any extra screen time she gets is more than justified.
A knee for Iron Man
Tony Stark’s death sequence is already more than emotional. It’s the culmination of over a decade of movies, crowned by a moment of sacrifice from the originator of the MCU. Amidst the rubble and blood and bruises, Earth’s remaining defenders crowd around Stark’s dying body, mourning his loss.
In an unused scene, the awe of Stark flows even deeper. After Pepper Potts gives Tony one last kiss on the cheek, he gently slides away. Then, in a show of admiration and unsurpassed respect, each and every remaining person (except for Gamora, who has no experience with Stark) slowly kneels in honor of their fallen hero.
Perhaps the action of taking a knee was deemed too superficial or out of place given the emotional weight of the scene. Whatever the reason, we regret the lack of incredible gratitude in the final version of the film.
Loki & Frog Thor
The Loki series on Disney+ is one of the strongest television franchises for the MCU. The incredibly unique world of TVA and the hunt for the Time-Keepers recreates the story of a character that fans were sure had seen his final scenes.
A deleted scene in the very first episode deprived audiences of seeing a story we’ve laughed at since Thor: Ragnarok. As Loki and Morbius review Loki’s life via video footage, a moment is shown of the god of mischief turning his brother Thor into a frog. The comic scene alluded to in Loki’s acting in Ragnarok, and actual canon in Marvel Comics, shows Loki pretending to take the throne and being pummeled by the frog version of the God of Thunder.
Fans can rejoice a little, however, as a shot in Loki’s fifth episode shows a buried jar with frog Thor stuffed with adorable armor and all. While it’s a worthy consolation, we’d much rather have seen the full sequence between Loki and the frog Thor in all of its hilarious glory.
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