You might have heard about a 3 hour cut of Avengers: Age of Ultron. While director Joss Whedon has confirmed that this initial edit of the film does exist, there seems to be little to no interest in making it available to nerds like myself (and you).
Personally, I don’t fall into the mindset that AoU is a bad movie. I also don’t believe that the magic has worn off just because this Avengers film isn’t the first (Blade 2 and Winter Soldier negate that argument). As far as I’m concerned, Ultron sits firmly in the “decent movie” category, possibly falling on the MCU scale around the entertainingly enthusiastic Thor. That said, it is impossible not to notice how many potential character moments seem glossed over in Age of Ultron — glossed over in a manner that suggests that a more satisfying film was shot.
These recently leaked deleted scenes at least give us a rough idea of AoU as it was originally conceived by Whedon. Instantly you’ll notice that many of them are they are both quieter moments that are missing from the theatrical version.
While I’m sure the Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios aren’t happy about the Internet revealing these blu-ray extras first, I can’t help but feel like they only strengthen my desire to see the version Whedon had to present to the chopping block.
Oh. And bloopers. Everyone loves a good gag reel.
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Troy-Jeffrey Allen writes about action/adventure for Action A Go Go. He is a comic book writer whose works include BamnComics.com, The Magic Bullet, Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse of Tall Tales, and the Harvey Award nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for ComicBookBin.com, OfNote Magazine, and ForcesOfGeek.com. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post. Yes, he wrote this bio.