Avengers: Infinity War was a huge box-office success for Marvel Studios, raking in over $2 billion USD. However, the company wasn’t expecting that level of success and therefore cut a huge opening scene in the process. It has been revealed recently that a 45-minute scene for Avengers: Infinity War showing how Thanos acquires the Power Stone was removed.

Talking to Near Mint Condition, Thanos creator Jim Starlin said that the scene had been shot but was discarded before any of the VFX work had been done.

“But about a month before the movie came out, I got an email or something from Joe saying, ‘the 45 minutes of Thanos that we had at the beginning of Infinity War, we had it cut.’ There was a whole sequence of him getting the first gem and they had to cut that out,” said Starling. “They shot it, but they never wanted to spend the money on the effects and they didn’t want the movie to be as long as the second one [Endgame] was. They didn’t realize it was going to be quite the hit it was.”

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An epic Avengers intro

Avengers: Infinity War clocks in at an already decent two and a half hours. So adding a further 45 minutes onto that would make it quite the heavyweight in the MCU. 45 minutes also seems quite excessive for what is essentially a side story to how Thanos acquired the first of the six Infinity Stones.

But it is still an important section that’s been missed out. We all know how Thanos wanted all the Infinity Stones to eradicate half of all sentient life in the universe. Prior to this epic conclusion, Marvel films had set up each stone over the previous ten years, with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy featuring the Power Stone. Crucially, by the conclusion of that film, the Power Stone was locked away in Xandar, the capital of the Nova Empire. Protected by the Nova Corps army.

Fast forward to Avengers: Infinity Wars opening scene where Thanos beats Thor and Hulk, and he has the Power Stone. So that cut scene would’ve filled in that blank, most likely offering an awesome battle sequence where the Mad Titan overpowers the Nova Corps.

The scene would’ve been perfect for a Blu-ray extra so it’s a shame the VFX was never added. Would you like to have seen it? Let us know in the comments below.

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