Yesterday Collider Video falsely reported that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Blu-Ray contains a thirty-minute extended cut featuring Thanos’ back story, and as things tend to do on the internet it went pretty viral. The problem with this claim is two-fold.
Firstly, the Avengers: Infinity War Blu-Ray actually comes out digitally later this month and the special features are available. They were available at the time Collider recorded their video, so if they cared about being truthful they could’ve researched things before putting out a viral lie. There are only six and a half minutes of deleted scenes on the disc:
#Avengers #InfinityWar Blu-ray deets: 45 minutes of extras with 6 and a half minutes worth of deleted scenes. Had a go at translating the German titles: https://t.co/Ko0N69kQYW pic.twitter.com/7zfaZiwdqL
— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) July 3, 2018
Secondly, Thanos’ backstory was actually cut out of the movie in the script stage (it was never filmed) and the final movie was actually pretty close to the Russo’s directors cut to begin with.
Here at The Playlist the screenwriters describe the Thanos back story that was cut at the script stage:
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.
As most people know, Avengers: Infinity War was the longest MCU movie to date with it running 2 hours, 29 minutes. Well, that’s pretty close to what the directors’ cut was according to what the Russos told Entertainment Weekly:
“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.”
There you have it. The Avengers: Infinity War we all saw in theaters was pretty close to what the Russos always intended, and the Blu-Ray only has six minutes of minor deleted scenes. There’s no “Thanos Cut” out there being kept from people, as those scenes were cut at the script stage.