Whether it’s to save time, change part of a story during production, or studio intervention because of something they simply don’t like, there are scenes deleted from just about every movie. Usually they’re scenes that aren’t very interesting or don’t affect the film too much, but still make for a fun watch in the bonus features of a DVD. There are some deleted scenes, though, that absolutely should have been left in the respective movie. Here’s a list of just some deleted scenes that should have made the final cut and why.
Deadpool – Wade and Vanessa Travel to Guadalajara
There’s a scene that was cut from the first Deadpool film in which Wade and Vanessa travel to various countries to find the best help for Wade’s cancer. This obviously takes place before he takes on the Deadpool persona and is a rather important scene. While waiting to see a doctor in Guadalajara, Wade not only helps a sick child pay for his treatment, but he notices the doctor is a phony who scams patients out of their money without actually helping them. He then takes the scam artist out to ensure he doesn’t continue to prey on innocent terminally ill patients.
Not only does this scene add to the emotional weight of the film, but it shows that Wade is willing to kill in order to protect people, and not just for money or revenge. It also shows that he tried to find other outlets to help him with his cancer before crossing paths with Francis. Plus, it allows us to see his final moments with Vanessa before he disappears from her life for an extended period of time. Why such a vital and emotional scene was taken out is anyone’s guess.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott Meets Knives
Most of the scenes deleted from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are not impactful by any means and include an alternate ending that would have been awful if left in. There is one, however, that features Scott meeting Knives on the city bus. It’s rather short and isn’t the most entertaining scene, but it cleans up the beginning of the film a bit. The theatrical cut of the movie has Kim ask Scott how he even met a 17 year-old to date, to which he awkwardly replies “the bus.” Sure, this suffices, but it feels like “the bus” is more of an excuse than the actual explanation.
When being confronted about something as sketchy as dating someone so young, something that sounds like an excuse makes the whole situation creepier. Actually seeing how the two met on the bus makes it less jarring. It also shows the audience that Knives’s mother is on the bus with her telling her to get a boyfriend, so it’s not entirely on Scott. Scott helps Knives pick up her school work she drops all over the bus floor, so we see that he’s willing to give others a hand and isn’t completely self-centered. It’s only about ten seconds long; it could have easily been left in.
Avengers: Infinity War – Hulk and Banner’s Understanding
During the epic battle in Wakanda, a scene was cut that featured Bruce Banner and the Hulk finally coming to an understanding and figuring out a solution to their Jekyll-and-Hyde situation. While Banner is battling the aliens with the help of the Hulkbuster suit, he and Hulk bicker about how the Hulk needs to come out to fight, and like in the theatrical cut, the Hulk says “no.” In the cut footage, however, they eventually agree to “live and let live.” They form what has become known as “Professor Hulk,” smash their way out of the Hulkbuster suit, and take out Cull Obsidian. Seeing the Hulk break through the Hulkbuster is pretty epic, but it’s also an important scene for Banner and Hulk’s development.
In Avengers: Endgame, we’re introduced to Professor Hulk and are told they’ve worked it out off screen. It’s certainly funny, but feels too random. The cut Infinity War scene also acknowledges the relationship that Bruce and Black Widow once had rather than completely forgetting it ever happened. This scene is emotional, gives payoff to the characters’ arcs, and makes other events in the MCU feel more organic. Plus, again, gives us some great “Hulk smash!” imagery. Folks were okay with the run time being longer, so why not leave it in?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Goodbye to the Dursleys
The Dursleys are an important part of the Harry Potter series and a vital part to Harry’s backstory and arc. They’re massive jerks, but their farewell scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 should have never been cut from the movie. Harry has a shocking heart-to-heart with his Aunt Petunia in their empty home as they are preparing to leave it behind before Death Eaters hunt them down. She says that Harry not only lost a mother all those years ago, but she lost a sister. Then, outside, Dudley shakes Harry’s hand and tells him he’s not the waste of space that Vernon thinks he is.
This scene manages to feel extremely powerful in a movie with several other powerful and emotional scenes. It allows fans to say goodbye to these characters and their actors they’ve grown up watching. It shows character development for characters who truly needed it, while also providing a different side to them finally. This scene is truly heartbreaking, and it’s so sad that the filmmakers didn’t deem it necessary to be left in the film.
The Goonies – Octopus Attack
The Goonies had to overcome several dangerous obstacles to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. One of them, which is left out of the theatrical cut of the movie, is an octopus that attacks Stef and Mouth. It’s an exciting scene that takes place right before the film’s climax that adds an extra threat that’s not just the Fratellis or traps set by One-Eyed Willy. They also defeat it by having Data play some awesome 80s tunes on a cassette player and shoving it into its mouth. That may not have been what fans wanted at the time, but it’s something that would have aged wonderfully in the age of meme-humor.
The most bizarre part of taking this scene out, and the biggest reason why it should have been left in (other than being insanely entertaining) is that Data says they encountered a scary octopus when explaining to the adults what had happened. The theatrical cut has him talk about something that was never seen. Instead of leaving the octopus scene in the film, they preferred to include a plot hole, which is a truly odd decision to make. One of the reasons tossed around as to why it was cut is that the effect looked bad, but honestly, it looks great enough for the time. Watching the movie with the scene included doesn’t break immersion by any means. For the sake of avoiding Data’s confusing statement at the end of the movie, the octopus attack scene should have been left in.