Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest Superhero thriller movie of all time and we could not have asked for anything more. It is surely among the top 3 MCU movies, if not the best of them all. It is the culmination of all that has happened in the MCU since it began with Iron Man in 2008. Before Infinity War, 18 Marvel movies had come out and they all led to this epic showdown between Thanos and Avengers Assemble.
The Mad Titan is on a mission to collect all six Infinity stones, assemble them in a gauntlet so that he could wipe half the humanity and bring balance to the universe and the only force standing between him and total annihilation are Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
This movie created history by being the first movie to have almost 70 A-List characters appearing all at once in an epic story where none of the characters felt totally wasted and everyone helped the plot in their own ways.
Having so many characters and aspects coming into making this movie, you would expect that there will be a lot of scenes that were shot to not make it to the final cut. So many characters could only be totally justified if the directors have the proper time to incorporate them all.
The Russo Brothers have two insanely genius heads on their shoulders as they were actually able to incorporate so many plots and character arcs into one epic extravaganza, and at the same time, please everyone with amazing fight sequences and a brilliant script. They pulled off a cinematic masterpiece and showed their class in handling and executing big comic-book ensemble movies such as Infinity War.
But, having a time constraint upon this movie, they had to cut it to an extent that the story does not feel slow and unsatisfying, and is also able to deliver the desired plot to the audiences. For that to happen, we could only imagine that a lot of material that must have been shot would have made it to the floors of the editing room.
They had to make the film fit in the 2 Hours & 30 Minutes time constraint, so the scenes that would have made the movie unnecessarily long and slow, or the scenes that may not have been fitting to the narrative had to be removed even though we might have loved to see them.
We will get a whole lot of deleted scenes with the BluRay package of this movie, but for now, the directors of the movie, Anthony, and Joe Russo have revealed a scene which was really funny but did not make it to the theatrical cut of the film. It was a scene displaying the Guardians of the Galaxy. Here’s what they said:
“Joe – I think there’s one really funny Guardians scene that didn’t make the cut. “Everything else was just sort of little loose ends here and there … [The Guardians scene is] just more of a straight-up comedic scene.
Anthony – It’s a scene where they’re sort of stuck. There’s a point in the movie where they’re stuck without knowing what to do. And it was just this absurd scene of the Guardians not knowing where to go. And it was really fun and it was very endearing to us. But because the movie is so big and so propulsive, it just wasn’t quite pushing us where we needed to go.”
So, we may get to see this scene when the BluRay version of the movie releases, but we should not expect a feat like Batman V Superman be pulled off where there is a whole 25 minutes of extra movie added into the theatrical cut, as the cut we saw in the theatres was pretty close to the Director’s cut. Here’s what Joe Russo said about this:
“Our first directors’ cut was probably 2:40 or 2:30. We’re pretty close to where the directors’ cut was.”
Well, when movies like Avengers: Infinity War having a gigantic size and scope have to be made, then the directors don’t have the luxury to shoot extra material that will surely not be vital for the film’s story as there is a big budget involved, and the less money that is wasted on those extra scenes is much better for the studios. No wonder why Justice League was only 2 Hours long and had a budget of over $300 Million. Here’s what Joe Russo said on this matter:
“You have to be so vigilant in the script phase about what you are going to include in the movie just from a storytelling standpoint and be really difficult on the material, because it is so expensive to acquire the material and you have limited time with some of the actors. Schedules don’t always line up, so you have to be really targeted.”
“We were very tight with the scripts on Winter Soldier and Civil War, so there weren’t a lot of extras. This is a very big movie with a lot of characters in it, and we played around with a lot of improvisation, because we had new chemistry that we were defining between characters. It was the first time ever that all these characters were on screen together, so we played around with quite a bit of footage, and I think there will be some good stuff for the DVD.”
If there are two characters who are not likely to feature in the bonus material or deleted scenes, they are Thanos and Thor as the two of them had the maximum screen time. Here is what Joe Russo said:
“Interestingly enough, I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie. Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time, and I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I’ll say, Thanos and Thor.”
Infinity War is currently playing in the theatres. Directed by Russo brothers. Produced by Kevin Feige & Co. The screenplay is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Here is the official synopsis:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
The ensemble cast is incredibly amazing as there are some of the biggest stars assembled under one roof including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).