For longtime comic book fans, the modern era of superhero films is a lot like being a kid in a candy shop. They are surrounded by so many wonderful treats, it is hard to even keep track sometimes! Comic book characters that people thought would never make it to the big screen are now the main characters of a franchise. Groot is beloved by millions of movie-goers and he had made only a single appearance in Marvel Comics between 1960 and 2006! Now he is more famous than 90% of the members of the X-Men! Comic book fans are truly spoiled by all of these great characters and moments. Of course, one of the downsides that come with being part of the Marvel Universe is trying to keep in scenes that they know fans would love, but might not be essential to the storyline.
Avengers: Infinity War, for instance, featured four notable deleted scenes that were included on the Blu-ray release of the movie. These scenes have extra moments that fill out the narrative of the film even more. These deleted scenes follow in a long line of fascinating lost moments from different films in the MCU, that range from funny gags to important pieces of characterization. Heck, there are even a few characters whose entire performance in their given film ended up on the cutting room floor. Even Stan Lee had a scene deleted from a film!
25 A HAPPY CAMEO
Jon Favreau was there at the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he directed the first film in the shared universe, Iron Man, back in 2008. So it is a bit sad that his scene in Avengers: Infinity War was cut from the film.
He appears as his Happy Hogan character after the scene where Tony and Pepper discuss their possible future together. Happy arrives in a golf cart, flustered by how much work that he has to put in to protect Tony and Pepper from all of the paparazzi around them.
24 VISION AND SCARLET WITCH ON THE RUN
One of the most surprising moments in Infinity War occurred early on, when the Vision and Scarlet Witch are enjoying a night out together when the Vision is suddenly attacked out of nowhere by Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight.
In the film, the scene picks right up after the initial attack, with Scarlet Witch fighting off the Black Order members while trying to protect the injured Vision. In a deleted scene, there is an extended cat and mouse game with the villains trying to track Vision's Mind Stone.
23 A NEW YORK GROOVE
Following the abduction of Gamora, the remaining members of the Guardians are still in their spaceship where Star-Lord is listening to Ace Frehley's hit song, "New York Groove" over and over again. It is too much for Drax, who argues with Star-Lord and they reveal that they actually haven't left Knowhere yet!
Star-Lord is shocked to learn that Mantis did not tell him that they had been receiving multiple messages from Nebula telling them that Thanos was headed to Titan with Gamora. They fly off to Titan to the tune of, what else? -- "New York Groove."
22 GHOSTS OF GAMORA'S PAST
The final deleted scene from Infinity War features Thanos and Gamora. Thanos is using the Stones to show Gamora a flashback to when Gamora was younger and was a willing soldier in Thanos' army. We see her with the head of a conquered king.
Thanos then explains to her why he asked her to find the Soul Stone and why he was so hurt when she betrayed him by trying to keep him from learning of the location of the Stone. The scene really added to the depths of their relationship ahead of her tragic end.
21 TALKING ABOUT FATHERS
In this deleted scene from Thor: Ragnarok, Bruce Banner is trying to relate to Thor by discussing the loss of his own father. He explained that he did not even get a chance to see his father in the end because he was too busy with his gamma radiation research.
Thor does not relate that well to Banner's story. Thor then laments the loss of Mjolnir and Banner tries to relate it to Dumbo and how he thought he needed a magic feather to fly but the real power was within himself. Thor was not amused.
20 TALK WITH FATHER
Black Panther opens with T'Chaka having to take out his own younger brother, who was working against Wakandan interests from the United States. The finished film moves to the present after this moment, but originally the movie was going to remain in the past for another sequence.
The scene follows with young T'Challa and Nakia coming across a saddened T'Chaka, who discusses the difficult decisions that kings have to make. T'Challa comforts him and tells him that whatever decision he made was for the best of Wakanda.
19 AN ULTIMATE CAMEO
A cool moment in Spider-Man: Homecoming occurred when Spider-Man encountered a crook, Aaron Davis, who Spidey saw buying weapons from Adrian Toomes' crew. Davis is willing to tell Spider-Man the location of the next deal because he has a nephew that he wouldn't want to be in danger from the alien weapons that Toomes was selling.
That nephew, of course, is Miles Morales, the Spider-Man from the Ultimate Universe. In a deleted scene after Spidey webbed Davis to his car, we see Aaron call up his nephew and call him by name to tell him that he can't meet up.
18 HULK'S NEARLY TRAGIC START
When Incredible Hulk opens, Bruce Banner has changed his outlook on life by practicing yoga techniques to control his transformations into the Hulk while he is on the run. However, the film initially opened on Banner in a much different mood.
A deleted scene showed Banner traveling to the Arctic to end his own life with a weapon, but after firing, he transformed into the Hulk and just spit the bullet out. The frozen shield of Captain America was briefly seen in this scene, which set up Cap's upcoming movie.
17 BUCKY WANTS A SHIELD
Unlike the comic book version of Civil War, Captain America: Civil War did not end with Steve Rogers losing his life and getting replaced as Captain America by either Bucky Barners or Sam Wilson.
However, a deleted scene paid homage to their shared history wielding Captain America's shield by showing all three men pass the shield between them during the airport fight. Bucky remarks, in a line meant to elicit knowing responses from comic book readers, "I've got to get me one of those." Maybe in a future movie, Bucky!
16 STAN LEE'S LOST CAMEO
Originally, The Avengers was going to show a lot more of Captain America's transition to suddenly being decades into his future. Most of those scenes were deleted and some of them were then moved to Cap's own next movie, Captain America: Winter Soldier.
In one scene, Cap travels through New York City, taking in the sights. He eats at a diner and flirts with the waitress. Stan Lee then makes a cameo, urging Steve to ask the waitress out. Lee had a replacement cameo filmed later on that made it into the finished movie.
15 ERASING A SIDE TO VALKYRIE
It was very important for Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Valkyrie portrayer, Tessa Thompson, to establish that Valkyrie liked both boys and girls in the movie.
They went so far as to film a scene where we see a woman walking out of Valkyrie's quarters on Battleworld. The scene got cut, though. Thompson later noted, "There were things that we talked about that we allowed to exist in the characterization, but maybe not be explicit in the film." Both Thompson and Waititi noted that perhaps one of her fellow Valkyries from the flashback sequence might have been her girlfriend.
14 MARITAL SPAT
A major conflict in Black Panther was between Okoye and W'Kabi, who were married, but on different sides on the T'Challa/Killmonger conflict. In a deleted scene after Killmonger threw T'Challa off of a waterfall, they discuss their conflict.
Okoye wants to know if W'Kabai would want to bring children into a world where the people of Wakanda were conquerors. He retorts, "Our children will be leaders of a truly free world, not just a tiny country where we have to hide everything that makes us great. There will be war and death but in the end, it will be beautiful. And Wakanda will stand tall."
13 MARITAL ISSUES
In this deleted scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming, Adrian Toomes is at his warehouse, frustrated that Spider-Man keeps preventing him from getting the parts he needs to build more alien-based weapons. While he is sulking, he gets a phone call from his wife. She wants his help with their water heater.
They talk a little bit and when they hang up, you can see how the whole thing frustrates him even more and he knocks down a shelf in anger. The scene really helped humanize Toomes even more.
12 ANT-MAN PLOT HOLE AVERTED
This is one of the odder deleted scenes on the list because its deletion actively created a plot hole in the film! You see, during Ant-Man, Darren Cross auctions off Hank Pym's size-changing Pym Particles to the highest bidder. The bidder turns out to be a Hydra agent.
In the finished film, we see the agent escape with the Pym Particles and we never see him again. A deleted scene at the end of the movie, though, showed Scott Lang captured him and recovered the stolen Pym Particles. It was replaced with a preview scene of Captain America: Civil War.
11 QUICKSILVER LIVES!
In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon would often fight against the producers from Marvel Studios over whether he could have Quicksilver sacrifice himself in the film or not. He wanted to do it but the producers were wary about losing an Avenger.
So Whedon was "forced" to do a scene where Quicksilver is discovered to somehow survive the seemingly fatal blows he received in the film. It is likely that this scene was never deleted in the normal sense, as Whedon clearly did not want the scene to be included in the film.
10 HOLDING OUT A BEACON OF HOPE
At the end of Thor, the hero is seemingly cut off from Earth when he is still in Asgard when the Bifrost Bridge, the connector between the two worlds, is destroyed.
In a deleted scene that would have gone at the end of the film, Jane Foster and her colleagues try to create a beacon to guide Thor back to Earth. Eric Selvig also tries to create a wormhole to bring Thor home. He coordinates with S.W.O.R.D, which would have been the first appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s division concerning aliens.
9 WITH GREAT POWER, COMES...?
Some of the biggest scene-stealers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are Scott Lang's friends, Luis and Dave, who are Scott's burglary crew in the first Ant-Man film and then his business partners in their security consulting firm in the sequel.
A scene that was filmed but was unused in the first Ant-Man movie showed Scott, Luis, and Dave heading to a casino where we see Scott use his Ant-Man suit to routinely manipulate the dice in craps games, winning the friends a whole lot of money.
8 HINTS AT BLACK WIDOW'S PAST
The central conflict at the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier is the release of all of the information that S.H.I.E.L.D. has on Hydra to let the world know of Hydra's takeover of the famed intelligence agency. Once proud S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff spearheaded the release of the information.
While she had Alexander Pierce, the traitor behind it all, cornered, he questioned whether she really wanted all the information out there, as it could mean people learning of her past, as well. That meant they would learn about whatever happened in Budapest, Osaka, and the Children's Ward. Natasha is visibly shaken when she hears that last name.
7 PEPPER IN TROUBLE
In the finished version of Iron Man 2, Iron Man and War Machine have to take on an army of weaponized drones that Ivan Vanko created as part of a deal with the crooked industrialist, Justin Hammer.
In the original version of the film's ending, however, Pepper Potts is captured by Vanko and Tony Stark has to deal with Vanko outside of his armor. Luckily, with War Machine working as his back-up, Tony is able to stop Vanko and save Pepper, but it was a lot less of a big battle scene than the ending they ultimately decided to use.
6 LITTLE BOY LOST
Guardians of the Galaxy opens with young Peter Quill being abducted by aliens right as his mother passes away. At the end of the movie, he opens up a present that his mother left him soon before she passed.
However, instead of that upbeat ending, the movie originally ended with a cut to Peter's grandfather back on Earth, still waiting for his grandson to come home. Guardians director James Gunn noted, “It means that he must have seen Quill getting abducted at the end of that day and is still waiting for him to return, but it was freaking sad so we took it out.”
5 THE TEN RINGS RETURN!
As noted earlier in the list, Darren Cross holds an auction of Pym Particles for a few different criminal organizations at the end of Ant-Man. In the final film, we only actively know of HYDRA's involvement.
Originally, though, we expressly get to see that not only was Hydra not by themselves, but one of the evil groups was none other than the Ten Rings extremist group from the first Iron Man film. However, since Marvel Studios seems to be going away from the Ten Rings, the scene was cut from the movie.
4 STRANGE DAYS
When we meet Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange we can tell that he is a very successful doctor. However, we do not get to see what drove him into a profession that involves saving lives.
As it turns out, in a scene taken directly from Strange's comic book past, we were going to watch him have to deal with his sister drowning in front of his very eyes. That helped him decide he wanted to be a doctor. Lulu Wilson, shown here from her film, Annabelle: Creation, would play his sister.
3 FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark parties enough that it actually looked like they were taking a very intense storyline from the comics called "Demon in a Bottle." They didn't end up using it, however, probably because it would have led to much more serious content.
In a deleted scene set during one of his benders, Tony demonstrates how to fire his repulsor beam from his Iron Man glove to one of his workers, Natalie Rushman, who, of course, is secretly Natasha Romanoff. This would have been a funny scene to re-watch after Natasha reveals herself if it had been kept in the movie.
2 INCREDIBLE PIZZA DELIVERY
A surprisingly popular school in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Culver University, where Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, along with Victor and Janet Stein (from the Hulu series, Runaways) attended.
While investigating some research at the school, Banner went undercover as a pizza delivery guy to gain access to the campus. When he delivers a pizza to a sorority, they refuse to pay him. He tries to get them to give him the money and he warns them that they wouldn't like him when he's angry. They simply assume that he is a creep.
1 BAD PRESS FOR CAP
The big fight in Avengers: Age of Ultron occurs in the nation of Sokovia. Ultron plans on lifting the nation's capital into the air and then dropping it back on to the planet to cause a global extinction event. The Avengers want to help, but are not particularly well-liked in Sokovia.
When they arrive there, Captain America sees some graffiti that accuses him of being a fascist. He is so thrown by it that he takes off his mask for the rest of the mission, likely feeling that the Sokovian people might accept him better without his mask.