As previously explained, there was a much longer cut of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” out there at one point, one that was cut back by almost three-quarters of an hour for the theatrical release.
One of the most visibly torn into subplots within the film is that of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor seeking answers to a nightmare sequence brought on by his encounter with the Scarlet Witch. What remains is painfully truncated to the point of being almost nonsensical.
Speaking as part of the Empire Film Podcast, Whedon confirms the original subplot was much longer and dealt with the Norn – goddesses of destiny within the Marvel universe and the likely mystery women seen in the trailers for ‘Ultron’ that didn’t make the final film. He explains what was supposed to happen:
“There was a 195-minute cut of this movie. The original scene was that Thor went to speak to the Norn and how it would work was that he’d go in the pool and the Norn possess him, basically, and Erik Selvig asks all the questions, and the Norn, speaking through Thor, give the answers.
So Chris [Hemsworth] got to do something different, and he really threw himself into it, and he did a beautiful job, but it wasn’t well regarded by the test audiences and I feel it’s probably largely because it was a rough cut with no effects, but also because it’s something that in a Thor movie would work brilliantly, but in this movie is just a little too left of centre.”
This comes on top of recent revelations that Whedon had originally planned a Loki cameo along with cutting what he deemed the Hulk’s best scene from the film, but has hopes the latter will pop up in another film down the road. He also revealed that the Hulk during the Hulkbuster fight scene with Iron Man was originally going to turn grey during his possessed state.