Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally out, Joss Whedon has talked -- sort of -- about a scene that didn't make the final cut.
Badass Digest's Devin Faraci spoke with Whedon recently and asked about a scene involving the Hulk that was in the original script for Avengers: Age of Ultron but did not show up in the film itself. According to Faraci, the scene could have been "THE fist-pumping moment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe." So why was it left out?
It has to do with Whedon's personal writing philosophy, which involves the difference between "moments" and "moves." A "moment" is a natural payoff or culmination in a story that grows naturally out of what has come before in terms of character and plot. A "move" is when the writer forces something to happen -- either by having the character do something unlikely, introducing a new element to the story from out of nowhere or creating scenes just for the sole reason of getting to a "moment."
So, apparently, this "moment" involving the Hulk actually turned out -- in the context of the story -- to be a "move," according to Whedon:
"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."
So, what was originally supposed to happen? Well, there's the rub: Whedon won't reveal it, and explained why:
"I don’t talk about it specifically because I said to Marvel, ‘You can use this in another movie! Hold on to that!’"
Whatever you think of Avengers: Age of Ultron as you head out to see it this weekend, one thing is clear: Joss Whedon cares very much about every single thing he writes, to the point where he was willing to give up what might have been a clear "stand up and cheer" moment in the movie theater because it didn't serve the story and characters in the way he needed it to.
Maybe, if we're lucky, it will surface in another Marvel movie. Care to take a guess at what it could have been? Do you think Whedon made the right choice?