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The Avengers: Infinity War Scene That Was 'Very Hard To Cut'

There was something for everyone in Avengers: Infinity WarAction in those incredible fight sequences, emotion in Spider-Man's (Tom Holland) seemingly final words to Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and humor in Drax (Dave Bautista) calling Thor (Chris Hemsworth) the child of a pirate and an angel – you name it, Infinity War had it. But as varied as the film's tone was from scene to scene, not every moment that was shot ended up fitting in the final product. 

Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently revealed to CinemaBlend the scene that was the hardest for them to cut in post-production. 

"There's a Guardians scene that's on the DVD that was very hard to cut because it's so entertaining," Anthony shared. "But we just didn't need it for the thrust of the film at that moment."

Within Infinity War, the Guardians of the Galaxy split up after Thor came crashing into their ship after his face-off with Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the start of the film. Correctly presuming that Thanos wanted to go to Knowhere and confront the Collector (Benicio del Toro) to get his huge purple hands on the Reality Stone, Thor partnered with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) and traveled to Nidavellir to forge his new weapon Stormbreaker in order to kill the Mad Titan. Meanwhile, Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) headed to Knowhere. 

CinemaBlend details that the clipped sequence in question takes place on Knowhere after Thanos seizes the Reality Stone from the Collector and kidnaps Gamora, and after Gamora reveals the location of the Soul Stone in order to save her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), who frees herself from captivity. 

In the scene, the '70s tunes-loving Guardians are parked on Knowhere and deciding what their next move should be. Star-Lord has Ace Frehley's "New York Groove" playing in the background (we told you he dug old-school songs!) to help clear his mind, but his attempts at focusing are dashed when Mantis notices a blinking light. It isn't just any shiny distraction, however, as the light represents a high-priority message from Nebula. 

If the Russos had kept the so-described entertaining scene in Infinity War, it would have served as a more explicit explanation as to how the Guardians gang ended up on Titan and eventually battled Thanos alongside Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). 

Ultimately, the filmmakers decided that it wasn't really necessary to explain that aspect of the story, and we'd have to agree. Viewers easily put two and two together — the Guardians headed to Titan because, well, that's Thanos' home planet and of course he would go there after collecting the Reality and Soul Stones — without this scene included in the theatrical cut. 

As expected, this isn't the only Avengers: Infinity War scene the Russos left on the cutting room floor. A handful of deleted scenes are bundled on the home release of the film, including one that highlights Thanos' tense relationship with his adoptive daughter Gamora, another that features Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan, and one that revisits Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch's (Elizabeth Olsen) fight with the Black Order.

At the end of the day, it looks like it just as difficult for the Russo Brothers to scrap some of their favorite scenes as it was for them to turn some of our most beloved heroes into intergalactic dust. Thankfully, fans can watch the deleted scenes by picking up Avengers: Infinity War on DVD or Blu-ray. As for the fallen vigilantes, well, we'll all have to wait until Avengers 4 is released on May 3, 2019 to potentially see their faces again.