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Iron Man 3 actor says we never got to see original post-credits scene

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May 13, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

Remember all that chatter about what the post-credits scene in Iron Man 3 was supposed to be? An actor in the movie has confirmed that those rumors may have been true after all ... and yes, this is a spoiler alert!

Just in case you haven't seen Iron Man 3 yet, you may want to stop reading now if you don't want the actual post-credits scene that's in the movie ruined for you. OK? If you want to stay with us, please proceed.

At the very end of the film, we learn that the occasional voiceover narration provided by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) turns out to be him unloading his problems to a bored and sleepy Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) stting nearby as Tony reclines on a couch. That's the sequence we have now.

But Ruffalo himself has confirmed that this wasn't the original bonus scene that Marvel had in mind. The actor revealed (via Screencrush):

They were about to wrap the movie and I saw Robert (Downey Jr.) at the Academy Awards and he had this idea. Marvel had had an idea but then they scrapped it.

So if Ruffalo is right, Downey came up with the idea for the Stark/Banner scene after Marvel dropped its first post-credits sequence. But what was that supposed to be?

Most of the rumors suggested that the scene was going to introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy by having Stark don his Deep Space Armor and fly into space to answer a distress call. That, according to the theories, also accounted for some Deep Space Armor toys showing up in the merchandising for the picture.

Was that the sequence we were supposed to see? Did Marvel drop it because the news leaked, or because they weren't able to get together what surely would have been a complex visual-effects sequence in time for the premiere of Iron Man 3? Does that scene exist in any form at all?

We'd sure like to know the answers to those questions, but who knows if the true story will ever be told? Do you like the scene at the end of Iron Man 3 as is? Or was not introducing the Guardians a huge missed opportunity?