A groovy deleted scene from Avengers: Infinity War has surfaced online —emphasis on "groovy," especially considering the team's love of classic rock.
Taking place shortly after the Guardians' botched assault against Thanos on Knowhere, we find Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) noticing that something is amiss and calling over his shoulder to "turn it back on!"
Like a petulant child told that they have to go to bed early, Drax (Dave Bautista) calls back "NO!" Peter walks into the room where Drax is holding his recently-acquired Zune hostage and repeats his request for the music to be turned back on. "I can't keep listening to the same song again and again and again!" exclaims Bautista's character.
"I told you, I'm screwed up, man," responds Quill. "I gotta get back in the groove, specifically the New York groove."
Like two siblings, the two begin to bicker. Drax says, "the man who sings is a degenerate." Quill screams back, "I will not sit here and allow you to malign Ace Frehley!!!"
The clip ends with Mantis (Pom Klementieff) drawing Peter's attention to a glowing/beeping light that turns out to be a bunch of messages from Nebula (Karen Gillan), which reveal that Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is alive and is being taken to Titan by Thanos (Josh Brolin). This explains how the Guardians knew to show up there, which then leads to the standoff with Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange on Ebony Maw's ship.
Watch the clip below:
While the song was actually made famous in 1975 by the band known as Hello, it was KISS co-founder Ace Frehley's 1978 version of "New York Groove" that pops into most people's heads when they think of it. The song doesn't play at all during the deleted scene, most likely due to the fact that Marvel Studios didn't end up purchasing the rights to use the tune if the moment wouldn't make the final cut, anyway.
We've provided the song below for your listening pleasure:
This moment also proves that "Rubberband Man" by The Spinners wasn't the only oldies song that was going to be in Infinity War. Released in 1976, "Rubberband Man" introduces the Guardians of the Galaxy (in true Guardians fashion), shortly after the Manhattan battle with Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian. The Milano hurtles through space, as Quill and Gamora belt out the funky lyrics. It's a nice moment of levity before Thor hits their windshield.
You can check out the deleted scene (and three others) when the movie arrives on DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K July 31.