Avengers: Age of Ultron may already be playing in some theaters overseas, but the film won't hit U.S. theaters until May 1 (with sure-to-be-impressive box office receipts not far behind). Even so, the Marvel marketing machine is officially in full gear for the next adventure featuring Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
The Avengers themselves - including franchise poster boy Robert Downey Jr. - have already been making the rounds to promote the film, and that campaign has naturally extended not only to next year's Captain America: Civil War (narratively, the most direct follow-up to Age of Ultron) and that other summer 2015 Marvel release, Ant-Man. However, it looks like Marvel may already be planning ahead for the home video release of its Avengers sequel.
Amazon.co.uk already has the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray available for pre-order, and while it has become regular practice for major releases to receive such coverage on Amazon early in their theatrical runs, Screen Crush has shared a particularly intriguing tidbit on what may be included in the Age of Ultron. See the below image, which looks like it's taken from a promotional email urging fans to place their order now:
While this news remains unconfirmed by Marvel, the idea of an "extended version and alternate ending" for Avengers: Age of Ultron does make a certain level of sense. After all, director Joss Whedon has already gone on record as saying that the film's original cut was around three hours long, and a common criticism of the final film - that its plot feels muddled and, at times, rushed - is exactly the kind of issue that would benefit from an extended cut.
However, no Marvel Studios release thus far has featured an extended cut, and given the fact that Amazon product information isn't the most reliable source, it's best to consider this latest information with the requisite grain of salt. Most fans would certainly love to get their hands on additional footage of the Avengers facing off against the villainous Ultron and get a peek at an alternate ending (potentially one that feeds into Thor: Ragnarok and features a fan-favorite Asgardian?).
Certainly official details on the Blu-ray release of Avengers: Age of Ultron will trickle out in the coming months, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to what may serve as Whedon's final Marvel Studios project. What deleted footage do you hope to see on the film's home video release, Screen Ranters? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018, Black Panther on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.