For those who have already ventured to your local theater to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, you'll know that two characters who many felt were underused in Marvel's The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, have much more to do in this sequel. As it turns out, though, writer-director Joss Whedon still ended up cutting out what would be Hulk's best scene, although he wouldn't divulge what this scene entails, which was featured in the original script and was shot, but eventually discarded. The director did reveal that he's not saying what the scene is, because it will likely pop up in a future Marvel movie.
"I don't talk about it specifically because I said to Marvel, 'You can use this in another movie! Hold on to that!'"
Joss Whedon went on to break down the difference between what he calls a "move" and a "moment," which he has spoken about in previous interviews. While he originally thought the Hulk scene was a "moment," which develops organically from previous scenes and delivers a compelling payoff, it turned out to be a "move," something which the filmmaker was trying to build around. This Hulk scene is said to be so good that it would be "THE fist-pumping moment" of the MCU, but the director decided to sacrifice it for the greater good of the story as a whole.
"Sometimes what seems like a moment turns out to be a move. That turned out to be a move. It's a great gag, but I couldn't justify it. We were building a lot of the final battle around it, and it was killing us. Even when we were shooting. We had to stutter-step everything else, and eventually in post I convinced them we need to jettison this concept. I knew I could write a conclusion for Bruce and Natasha that I thought would be much better storytelling, and would be a real moment."
Of course, since Marvel currently isn't developing a stand alone Hulk movie, it seems likely that this scene, whatever it may be, could pop up in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and/or Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, since Mark Ruffalo hasn't been confirmed to appear in any other Marvel movies at this time. Do you have any theories as to what this scene may be? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more on the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe.