Yesterday it was reported by Collider that Thanos creator Jim Starlin claimed that an extended cut of Avengers: Infinity War existed and would be released with the Blu-Ray. It would apparently feature an extensive Thanos backstory with at least 30 minutes of footage detailing the Mad Titan’s journey. The only problem is, those scenes were never actually shot.
Following Collider’s report, MCU Cosmic’s Jeremy Conrad did some digging only to find a couple of interviews that would leave you to believe that these Thanos scenes don’t actually exist. The first one from The Playlist has screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealing that the Thanos backstory was cut during the script writing phase:
“As far as scenes that were changed over the course of writing the script, the magazine details how the writers had extended flashback scenes with Thanos. One scene included Thanos dealing with the social rejection from the other Titans on his home planet, while others showed how he recruited his Black Order.”
The second interview comes from the Russo Brothers themselves. The directors told Entertainment Weekly that there “directors cut” was only ten minutes longer than the films actual runtime, meaning there was never 30 extra minutes of footage:
“Our first directors’ cut was probably 2:40 or 2:30,” said Joe when asked if there was anything that didn’t make the final film. “We’re pretty close to where the directors’ cut was.”
Now, this is incredibly disappointing news, as of last night fans were expecting an announcement soon that we would be getting an extended cut of Avengers: Infinity War. We here at SuperBroMovies decided to report on the story because we saw it coming from a credible source in Collider. However, I, as editor of the site, made sure to have a claim put in the story that we were skeptical about the information because of where Collider received their information.
Recently, we reported on a story where Jim Starlin revealed to the crowd at Puerto Rico Comic Con that he would be receiving more credits for Avengers 4 than he did for Infinity War and that another one of his characters would be showing up based on what he was insinuating. That story was picked up by numerous outlets only for Starlin, almost a month later, to walk back his comments claiming we misreported the information. Our story can be corroborated by the video of the panel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rWXhqsT2kI).
It’s unclear how the information about the extended cut got “misreported” but what is clear is that this is an incredibly disappointing situation. Stay tuned to SuperBroMovies for any updates regarding this story. –Jackson Hayes
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Avengers: Infinity War – An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.