[This article (and the videos therein) contains SPOILERS for Captain America 2.]
This April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will probably go down as one of the best films in 2014. With its smart blend of political intrigue and action thrills, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo delivered what many consider to be one of the strongest offerings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (read our review). Not only that, the superhero sequel currently sits atop the domestic box office charts, having grossed $259.3 million during its theatrical run in the spring.
Now, Marvel is starting to gear up for the home media release of The Winter Soldier, which will hit stores on September 9. Of course, it will be full of fun special features for fans to chew on, including deleted scenes. Marvel Studios officially released one such scene as part of the Blu-ray promotion, which you can watch above.
The scene in question features Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) having a rather tense encounter following the perceived death of S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). While it was probably cut due to time constraints, the dialogue fits in nicely with the film’s themes, as the question of whether loyalty to an individual or an organization should be the higher priority is raised. Fans who are aware of The Winter Soldier‘s various twists and turns can see how this bit could have easily fit in the final product.
Below is a second deleted scene that Marvel has unveiled from Winter Soldier. It takes place right after Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) declares that Steve Rogers is a fugitive from justice; again, you can see how this sequence fits with the film’s larger political conspiracy/thriller design. (The reasoning behind it being cut, well, that’s not so readily apparent.)
Those who responded well to the conspiracy aspects of the second Cap solo outing should be very pleased to learn that these elements will be present in Captain America 3 as well. While speaking with Yahoo Movies, Anthony Russo explained that since the character was created for “an explicitly political purpose,” it would be hard to move away from those themes in May 2016’s installment.