Regardless of what you thought of the movie as a whole, most fans agree that the antagonistic Thanos was one of the strongest parts of Avengers: Infinity War. He was a towering, interesting baddie whose connection with his adopted (OK, stolen) daughter made him seem especially cruel and even more fatherly.
Now that Infinity War is coming out on digital, audiences will get to experience a little more of his backstory if they so choose, thanks to some deleted scenes. While more are coming from the Blu-ray, the first deleted scene from the film has now surfaced — focused on a father-daughter moment.
The scene, which has some unfinished VFX contextualizing its actors (as well as partially rendered motion capture that makes it look decidedly in-progress), enhances the relationship between Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and her captor/father, Thanos.
The three-minute clip drives home just how good Josh Brolin’s performance as the Titan was at grounding the film’s villain as a complex wannabe do-gooder filled with self-doubt. Saldana’s gripping performance, cycling through poignancy and rage, gets a few notes more interesting as she discovers that her “escape” (which led her to the Guardians of the Galaxy) was simply Thanos allowing her to leave.
Doubling-down on the “found family” angle for the Guardians only makes Gamora’s eventual death all the more tragic and Star-Lord’s reckless decision all the more understandable. Yet, we’ll see if all that isn’t undone by the Time Stone immediately upon the release of Avengers 4 next spring.