With the largest cast of characters ever assembled in a Marvel Studios film, it's not surprising that Avengers: Infinity War had some material that didn't make the final cut. However, directors Joe and Anthony Russo reveal that not as many scenes were left on the cutting-room floor as one might expect
"Our first directors’ cut was probably 2:40 or 2:30," Joe Russo told Entertainment Weekly. "You have to be so vigilant in the script phase about what you are going to include in the movie just from a storytelling standpoint and be really difficult on the material, because it is so expensive to acquire the material and you have limited time with some of the actors. Schedules don’t always line up, so you have to be really targeted."
The theatrical version of Infinity War clocks in at 2:29, coming in close to the Russos' rough cut. Joe Russo revealed one particular scene that was ultimately deleted. "There’s one really funny Guardians scene that didn’t make the cut," he said.
"It was just this absurd scene of the Guardians not knowing where to go," Anthony Russo added. "And it was really fun, and it was very endearing to us. But because the movie is so big and so propulsive, it just wasn’t quite pushing us where we needed to go."
The directors assure fans the deleted scene in question will ultimately been included on the home release.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film is in theaters now.