Avengers: Age of Ultron is headed home this fall, and the second Marvel team-up saga will come loaded with deleted scenes when it arrives on disc and download. But it will be missing another fan-favorite of Marvel’s films – a One-Shot short-film bonus.
Writer-director Joss Whedon found himself killing off many darlings in his script to deliver the movie at a manageable length as it wove together such a large menagerie of superheroes, including newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), into the clash between Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and the robot monstrosity Ultron.
Although Whedon swears off director’s cuts, saying he prefers to stand by the version released in theaters, he will be sharing a number of never-before-seen sequences that ended up on the cutting room floor, as well as a gag reel, and a handful of behind-the-scenes documentaries.
Among the docs: a story breakdown about the Infinity Gems, the mystical stones that the cosmic villain Thanos is assembling for the two Infinity War movies coming in 2018 and 2019, and a run through Ultron’s assorted real-life global locations.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be available as a 3-D Blu-ray combo pack, regular Blu-ray disk, DVD, and on-demand on Oct. 2, but those hoping to see it again earlier can find it on Sept. 8 on Digital HD and 3-D, as well as via Marvel’s parent company download service, Disney Anywhere.
As part of the announcement, Marvel provided EW with this clip from the film, but here’s fair warning to those who haven’t seen the movie yet: this clip ventures deep into spoiler turf.
For fans looking for a refresher of one of its most surprising scenes, here you go: Paul Bettany as the synthezoid we know and love as The Vision, reaching for the weapon no one else can lift except the God of Lightning.
Now for the bad news …
One thing Marvel Studios apparently won’t be doing, and haven’t since Thor: The Dark World was released on home video in February 2014, is produce a stand-alone short, like Item 47 – which was included on the original Avengers Blu-ray, and helped inspire the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Agent Carter, which similarly led to the TV show of the same name starring Haley Atwell.
The Thor sequel featured All Hail the King, which starred Ben Kingsley as his character from Iron Man 3, and it was the most ambitious of the One-Shot shorts to date. Then … that happened to be the last one.
With luck, maybe the One-Shots will get a second chance someday.
Here’s the trailer for the upcoming home video release: