Such is the scale and near-unprecedented scope of Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron that news of an extended cut and alternate ending should come as no surprise. How and ever, the folks at ScreenCrush spotted that the Amazon listing for the sequel’s Blu-Ray release boasts both features, fuelling speculation as to what they could contain.
Considering that the original cut for Age of Ultron came in at approximately three-and-a-half hours, there is already a surplus of footage lying around on Marvel’s cutting room floor. What exactly this extended cut will contain remains unclear. Additional scenes with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together? Or more cameos and easter eggs that didn’t quite make the cut? Time will ultimately tell. Besides, if you’re one of the fortunate few to have seen the film, one glimpse across the myriad of trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and you’ll notice that there are a selection of sequences advertised that don’t appear throughout the course of the movie.
Perhaps the most intriguing tidbit coming out of this, though, is the fact that there exists an alternate ending for Whedon’s sequel. Prior to release, reports suggested that the filmmaker originally intended to introduce Captain Marvel into the fray, before deciding against it, saving Carol Danvers for another time. Could this mean that the undisclosed conclusion will indeed include a cameo appearance from the yet-to-be-revealed superhero? Or, by the same token, the alternate finale could introduce any number of superheroes as the MCU looks to shift into Phase Three post-Ant-Man.
Marvel is yet to reveal exactly when Avengers: Age of Ultron will make its way onto Blu-Ray and DVD, though you can rest assured that the Internet will scour every inch of the deleted scenes to see if there are any missing pieces to be found from the grand cinematic puzzle.