WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel is only a few days into its record-setting release, but information regarding scenes and ideas that ultimately did not make it into the final film have already begun to surface.
In a thread on the subreddit r/MarvelStudios, one user called attention to the absence of a scene revealed in a previously-released promotional image of Brie Larson's Carol Danvers leading her Starforce unit to meet up with Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser and Jude Law's Yon-Rogg.
In the comments of the post, user BrandonAUS, who apparently worked on the film as a visual effects artist, took the time to detail scenes they worked on that were either trimmed or cut from the final film entirely.
"An entire sequence I worked on the VFX for was cut where Yon-Rogg has a chat with the Supreme Intelligence before he gets sent to go find Carol and the Tesseract. As well as the current ones with Vers [Carol Danvers] and the [Supreme Intelligence] being trimmed a lot," they explained. "It is very common for things to be cut in movies. I am waiting for my art book from the movie to show up to see if they have any of the original Supreme Intelligence concepts in there."
Additionally, BrandonAUS was asked if Yon-Rogg's scene with the Supreme Intelligence revealed who he saw the being as (i.e. the person he admires the most), to which they replied, "Yup, it was himself."BrandonAUS did not reveal why exactly Ronan's presence in the film in particular was seemingly reduced, but other users in the thread speculate that featuring the Kree radical too prominently in Captain Marvel could have potentially undermined the twist of the Kree's true nature in their war against the Skrulls, especially for casual fans who mostly know him as the villain from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Moreover, in a previous interview with ComicBook.com, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained that, "There was only a conversation, 'We're telling Carol Danvers' origin story.' And this was her origin story, and her origin story was focused on her growth and the female friends and mentors and inspirations around her."
This comment was made concerning why the decision was made not to feature a romantic angle in Captain Marvel. However, there is also an argument to be made that putting too much emphasis on a pre-established MCU character like Ronan the Accuser could have also taken away from what is very much supposed to be Carol's movie.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Yon-Rogg, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The movie is in theaters now.