Anthony and Joe Russo’s Infinity War Director’s Cut Can Feature 45 Minutes of Deleted Scenes: “I had to keep my mouth shut”

The director duo had reportedly filmed a long sequence that explained how Thanos got the power stone at the beginning of the film.

Anthony and Joe Russo's Infinity War Director's Cut Can Feature 45 Minutes of Deleted Scenes: "I had to keep my mouth shut"


  • Directors Anthony and Joe Russo crafted history with their cinematic event films Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
  • Though the films were widely appreciated, one of the first film’s criticisms was how Thanos got the power stone at the beginning of the movie.
  • The Russos had reportedly filmed a forty-five-minute sequence that explained how he got the stone but was cut due to runtime issues.
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Anthony and Joe Russo became two of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood when they were tasked with ending the MCU’s ‘Infinity Saga’ with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The two-part cinematic event became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, with the latter being the highest-grossing film ever for a brief period.


While the films are remembered and cherished for the experience they provided and the vision behind them, they are not free from criticism. One of the criticisms included Infinity War glossing over how Thanos got the first Infinity Stone (the power stone). However, the scene was reportedly shot but deleted and there is still a way fans might get to see it.

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Why Did Anthony And Joe Russo Cut The Nova Corps Sequence?

Anthony and Joe Russo by Gage Skimore
Anthony and Joe Russo by Gage Skimore

Anthony and Joe Russo gave one of the MCU’s best villains in the form of Thanos in the Avengers films. Introduced in 2012’s The Avengers, the villain was teased for years and the ‘Infinity Saga’ built up to the Avengers finally facing this formidable foe who aims to eliminate half of the world’s population. Josh Brolin’s performance only added to the menacing villain.

The opening of Avengers: Infinity War began with Thanos having destroyed the spaceship containing Asgardian survivors and having a battle with the Hulk, Thor, and Loki. Thanos already had the Power Stone at this point, which he apparently took from the Nova Corps after destroying their home planet Xandar. This scene, however, was not shown in the film.

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A still from Avengers: Infinity War
A still from Avengers: Infinity War

But Anthony and Joe Russo had reportedly filmed the sequence but had to delete it due to runtime issues. According to Jim Starlin, the comic book artist who created Thanos, Anthony and Joe Russo had crafted a 45-minute sequence detailing Thanos’ battle with the Nova Corps. He told to Near Mint Condition,

“When I was on the set, [writers Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely told me everything, what they were doing in the two movies…And so for a year-and-a-half, I had to keep my mouth shut…About a month before the movie came out, I got an email or something from Joe saying, ‘The 45 minutes of Thanos that we had at the beginning of Infinity War, we had it cut.’…They shot it, but they never wanted to spend the money on the effects and they didn’t want the movie to be as long as the second one [Endgame] was.”

Starlin mentioned that he was aware of the sequence’s existence as he was kept in the loop by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Also read: Before Infinity War, Anthony And Joe Russo Threatened To Leave MCU When Marvel Committed Same Mistake That Destroyed Zack Snyder’s Justice League


How Can Fans See The Deleted Nova Corps Scene?

Thanos with the Power Stone
Thanos with the Power Stone

While the opening of Avengers: Infinity War is harrowing in its way as it opens with the destruction of Asgardian survivors, the Nova Corps battle sequence as Xandar would have given a great explanation for how Thanos got the power stone, as well as give an exhilarating action sequence as the opening.

One of the biggest criticisms of the film from fans, who otherwise find them perfect, was this deleted scene. A director’s cut of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War, much like Zack Snyder’s Justice League could potentially include this scene and finally give the fans something more to look forward to.

If not a director’s cut, which is far from possible, a re-release could also solve this problem. It has been five years since the film was released and with Deadpool 3 touted to be the only theatrical release from Marvel this year, An Infinity War re-release would be the perfect way to include the Nova Corps sequence.


Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 1,000 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.