At two hours and 40 minutes, Avengers: Infinity War is the longest MCU movie ever. While initial reports suggested that the film would take a serious risk by passing the three-hour mark, upon release fans learned that a serious amount of Thanos’ backstory had been cut as a well as a few of the film’s lighter moments. Though the origin of Thanos —arguably the MCU’s best villain yet— won’t see the light of day anytime soon, a leaked breakdown of what is expected to come with the home release has revealed a lot about what we can expect from the featurettes and deleted scenes.
The leak has suggested that fans will get about 45 minutes worth of featurettes related new character team-ups, the kind of farmers paradise that Thanos goes to live in after wiping out half the life in the universe, and the film’s major battle sequences in Wakanda and on Thanos’ homeworld of Titan. Not to mention, there will be over six minutes worth of deleted scenes.
The names of the deleted scenes don’t give away much but they do say enough to get the theory train rolling. The titles are as follows: “Happy Has a Perspective,” “Hunt For The Mind Stone,” and “The Guardians Find Their Groove.” The first scene could have something to do with Jon Favreau’s character ‘Happy’ Hogan. Though he’s one of Tony Stark’s closest friends, he was notably absent from Infinity War. Given the fact that even Red Skull got to make an appearance —his first since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger— ‘Where’s Happy?’ seems like a fair question.
“Hunt For The Mind Stone,” could be an extra scene from the battle of Wakanda. Corvus Glaive, one of Thanos’ four “children,” was actually the one on the hunt for Vision during the final battle. Before seeing the two trade blows, the audience was subtly made to think that Glaive had died off-screen when one of the film’s big-bads tells Black Widow that the Avengers would pay for his life. His reappearance was one of the more confusing aspects of the movie and it kind of came off like the writers weren’t sure whether to kill him off during his first encounter with the Avengers or during the final battle. So maybe this scene will provide some much-needed clarity.
“The Guardians Find Their Groove,” could be a quick catch up with the team after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 but before Thor crashes into the window of their spaceship at the beginning of Infinity War. They seem to have comfortably sunken into their lives as members of a team by the beginning of the movie, so perhaps this is just a scene that shows them idyllically doing their thing in space before half of them get thrown off of a cliff face or snapped into space dust.
We’ll have to wait for the home release of Avengers: Infinity War on August 14th to find out.