In the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War is considered one of the most epic superhero movies to date. Fans and critics were hooked from the jump, and for a good reason too. It set the scene for one colossal showdown between the Avengers and Thanos, the movie's big bad guy.
But according to Jim Starlin, the brains behind the Infinity War characters, the movie could have been even better. In a recent interview with Near Mint Condition on YouTube, Starlin revealed that a 45-minute sequence planned for the film was never released. The scene in question would have shown Thanos taking down the Nova Corps to get his hands on the Power Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones that Thanos was hunting to carry out his plan of wiping out half the universe. The scene would have made for an impressive prologue and would have set the tone for the rest of the movie.
Unfortunately, the sequence was scrapped during production because the filmmakers didn't have the budget for the special effects required. "They shot it, but they never wanted to spend the money on the effects," said Starlin. "And they didn't want the movie to be as long as Endgame was. They didn't realize it was going to be quite the hit it was." As a result, the final version of Infinity War begins with Thanos already in possession of the Power Stone and searching for the rest. The scene that was cut, however, can still be seen in part in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, where the Guardians take on Ronan the Accuser's assault.
Despite Marvel's decision to cut the scene, Infinity War still went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever made, coming in second only to its predecessor, Endgame. However, if Disney decides to release a collector's edition or DLC for Disney+, it is possible that they could include the 45-minute sequence as a deleted scene. This, of course, would be exciting news for fans of the movie, as it would offer a chance to see what Infinity War could have been like with its original opening sequence intact. Whether or not Disney decides to release the sequence remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to captivate audiences everywhere, and with so much potential still left untapped, the future looks brighter than ever before.