There was a lot of ground to cover in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film balanced showcasing the expanded superhero team of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) while also laying the groundwork for new characters in the MCU like Black Panther and upcoming sequels such as Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War.
As if that wasn't enough to juggle, the film also began to set the stage for Avengers: Infinity War. With all of that action, some of the details got a lost on the cutting room floor - most notably Thor's journey to the Norn Cave, which was only shown in brief flashes. Now we are able to reveal more information about his mysterious experience and visions.
Marvel has just released a new Age of Ultron deleted scene that gives viewers an extended look at the Norn Cave as Thor prepares to enter their magical waters with Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) standing by. Looking at their ominous depths, Thor recites something in a language from Asgard that translates to "The thing I fear contains the thing I need." After taking a fortifying sip from his flask he plunges into the waters and, when Dr. Selvig asks how they can stop Ultron, a possessed Thor responds that the answer is human sacrifice, and references the stone. Making the connection to Loki's scepter, Thor ominously speaks of the mind stone and the dangers that come with it. "It was never his, it is of the six, the infinite six cannot be joined or kept apart."
This is not the first deleted scene to surface from Avengers: Age of Ultron; we already know that Loki was likewise removed from the final product. It still remains to be seen if all of the removed material will result in an extended cut of the film.
This longer scene adds some much needed context into Thor's journey to the Norn Cave. This moment felt shoehorned into Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor's prophetic visions - while furthering the greater plot - did not make a lot of sense. The additional information helps explain the mind stone and gives helpful context to themes that will be explored in other MCU films. Hopefully future films will not remove these relevant bits of exposition, so that the casual viewer can more easily follow Marvel's complex - and franchise-spanning - Infinity Stones plans.
Captain America: Civil War releases in theaters on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.