The Infinity War Scenes You Didn't Get To See

As lengthy as the run time was for Avengers: Infinity War, there's still more of the movie we didn't see — and some of that unused footage is coming whenever the movie becomes available for home viewing. According to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, fans can expect plenty of bonus material on the Infinity War DVD, Blu-ray, and digital version.

As Joe Russo told Digital Spy, "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." 

Although they've yet to spell out exactly which deleted and extended scenes could be included, the duo (and the film's cast) have shared a few hints about what might be missing from the movie's theatrical version. Here's a look at some of the potential Avengers: Infinity War scenes we didn't get to see onscreen (yet).

The Guardians get silly

One missing scene the Russo brothers have promised involves the Guardians of the Galaxy flexing their funny bones. Anthony Russo told Entertainment Weekly, "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. ... 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."

That description indicates this is an extension of the scene on Knowhere when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) are duped by Thanos' reality stone trickery and left to fester on the broken planet, something Russo confirmed in a later interview with "It's at that moment in the movie where they have lost Gamora to Thanos in the Knowhere and they don't know what to do about it," he told the site. "They don't know where to go. They have no idea what to do. And it serves as this very absurd scene about the Guardians not knowing what to do, that's very, very funny."

Pepper & Co. in the park

In one of the earliest scenes from Infinity War, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) can be seen taking a walk with his lady love Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) as the two discuss his dream about her being pregnant before he runs off to deal with Thanos' looming threat. That exchange may have been a mere primer for what's still to come between the two in Avengers 4, but it was also an abbreviated version of what was actually filmed.

Screenplay co-writer Christopher Markus told GameSpot that there were a lot more people who joined the fray for that scene, saying, "We shot an unbelievably long version of Tony and Pepper in the park that features cameos. It was sort of Robert and his friends' day at the park." In addition to featuring other MCU characters, it also had a cameo by Joe Russo. Judging from behind-the-scenes footage taken during the shoot, Happy (Jon Favreau) may be one of the missing persons we can expect to see in the fuller version. As for why it was ultimately trimmed down to super small size? Per Markus, "It got kind of out of control and was off-plot entirely."

Hulkbuster smash?

Much has been made of the fact that Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was unable to transform into the Hulk on cue in Avengers: Infinity War — theories including Loki (Tom Hiddleston) pulling off the ultimate con and masquerading as Banner for some strange reason — but there may be reason(s) to believe another version of the film would've featured Hulk going HAM in the Hulkbuster suit.

While we know that the trailer's big tracking shot was made specifically to mislead audiences about what was to come on the Banner-Hulk front in the Battle of Wakanda, there are other glimpses from the trailer that seem to indicate some Hulk smashing as well. For example, there's a moment in the first trailer when Bruce is shown standing next to a broken version of the Hulkbuster suit, looking a little embarrassed. Although there's no official indication that a Hulk in the Hulkbuster suit scene was shot, the fact that Funko Pop released a toy version of the green giant breaking through the red get-up has led some fans to believe it points to yet another scene that didn't make the final cut of the film.  

A Civil War reunion

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Avengers: Infinity War is that it didn't fully resolve the conflict between Iron Man and Captain America (Chris Evans). Sure, there's a detente between the two that comes by way of that flip phone, but the two don't share the screen, even if they're fighting for the same team again.

According to co-writer Stephen McFeely, however, at least one draft of the film's script would've brought them back together at last. "Our first sort of wonky draft [featured] the idea that they had to get back in the same room together," he told Yahoo! Movies. "That meant that you're slowing down your Thanos Stones plot to deal with other threads from other movies. As much as we wanted to do it, and as many times as we wrote those scenes, [it] became clear that this movie needed to be propulsive and be about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers." It's not over yet, however, and Joe Russo has teased that Civil War contains a big hint about what's to come in Avengers 4, so now that Iron Man has been left alone on Titan, perhaps the next film will finally bring their face-to-face scene to fruition.

The power stone

While Avengers: Infinity War showed how Thanos (Josh Brolin) acquired most of the Infinity Stones, we didn't see him claim the Power Stone, which had previously been left in the care of the Nova Corps on Xandar. According to McFeely, the scene was originally written into the film, but had to be edited out of the working script for the sake of streamlining the story.

As he explained to Yahoo! Movies, "I do remember, there was a Xandar draft, and it just became unwieldy. It's lovely to go back to a small part of Guardians of the Galaxy and explore how you get that stone, but we had to eventually economize." So instead of seeing the Mad Titan destroy that planet, we get to hear about it secondhand. (Similarly, fans also never get to find out exactly how he snagged the Reality Stone, because the Guardians don't arrive until after he's collected the Aether from the Collector).

The next chapter

Since Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are two parts of one overarching narrative, there was bound to be at least a little confusion over which scenes were filmed for which movies, and some of the cast's interviews reflect as much ... or do they? There have been several instances of Avengers stars discussing production on scenes that we haven't seen yet, like when Gwyneth Paltrow maybe described shooting a scene involving her character's newly-acquired powers or when Mark Ruffalo implied he'd worked with Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett, which made everyone believe Doctor Strange's Ancient One and Thor: Ragnarok's Goddess of Death would make an appearance.

One of the biggest points of confusion seems to center around whether a giant group scene would be included in Infinity War or the next film. As described by Scarlett Johansson, the scene in question featured some 32 different MCU characters in one place, and Sebastian Stan said it included everyone from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Even the Russos seemed to be confused about where it'd end up; they agreed there'd be a Civil War airport-sized scene in Infinity War, with Joe Russo saying, "We have like an equivalent that's like, you know if you had a comic book and you open it up to your double panel and then you fold it out. And then you folded it out again and again."