>Extended battle on the HYDRA fortress in Sokovia.
>Extended discussion about the Ultron Program between Stark and Banner.
>After transferring his consciousness to the HYDRA fortress in Sokovia, Ultron builds a new robotic body for himself.
>Rhodes alerts the Avengers that all countries with nuclear weapons are dealing with cyber-attacks masterminded by Ultron, and that he’s being deployed to the Middle East to monitor the situation and prevent tensions from escalating. Stark creates a new encryption pattern for the War Machine armor so Ultron can’t hijack it.
>The Twins return to Sokovia and begin stealing supplies to give to the impoverished masses. While distributing medicine to the poor, they’re approached by a young boy who says “the Iron Man” is waiting for them at the church. Arriving there, they find Ultron waiting for them.
>When the Avengers confront Ultron and the Twins at Ulysses Klaue’s shipyard, Ultron complains that the world is not good enough it doesn’t need the Avengers, but not bad enough they actually try to change it, and only if “something breaks” on a grand scale will the human race outgrow their selfishness and change things for the better.
>More on the rivalry between Hawkeye and Quicksilver, with Quicksilver mentioning Hawkeye is so irrelevant that Ultron and them didn’t even factor him in their strategies to defeat the Avengers. Quicksilver also mocks Hawkeye as being too old and too slow in all their encounters.
>Extended version of Thor’s vision. After the temple collapses, Thor is approached by Loki, and they discuss Thor’s failure to defend the Nine Realms and the inevitability of the end while the dead Asgardians are being shepperd into Hel. Loki mocks Odin’s tone of speech during the conversation.
>Wanda brainwashing Banner into becoming the Hulk and rampaging in Johannesburg.
>Quicksilver hitting on any attractive woman he sees throughout the movie.
>At Hawkeye’s farm, Hawkeye’s wife complains about a tool shed Hawkeye never finishes because he’s always off with the Avengers. During the ending montage, he’d be seen finishing it.
>Alternative version of the bedroom scene in which Banner rejects Black Widow completely.
>Thor explains to Selvig that the mystice waters of the cave are a way to communicate with the Norns. He dives in and is possessed by them. Selvig then has to question them about Thor’s vision and decipher their cryptic answers based on his knowledge of Asgardian culture.
>Stark calls the Twins “Flowers in the Attic”, and they don’t understand the reference. Wanda says it sounds lovely, Hawkeye quips “trust me, it isn’t”.
>Extended fight between Thor and the Vision after the Vision is brought to life.
>Extended version of Banner infiltrating Ultron’s fortress to rescue Black Widow. She then uses Chitauri weapons that Baron Strucker had salvaged to fight off the Ultron drones.
>Alternative version of Black Widow bringing out the Hulk by pretending to have toyed with Banner’s emotions in order to put the Hulk on a leash and mocking him for thinking she could actually love him.
>Hawkeye policing the Twins throughout the Battle of Sokovia. At one point, he coaches them in how to more effectively use their powers to battle the Ultron drones.
>At one point, Thor is set on fire by an Ultron drone, and Quicksilver runs around him to quell by flames by cutting off the oxygen.
>Extended version of the Battle of Sokovia with more more action beats.
>Under Banner’s influence, the Hulk specifically programs the Quinjet to fly into Space in order to commit suicide, and actually reaches the upper stratosphere and sees stars.
>Captain America and Iron Man are at odds throughout the movie and part on less amicable terms.
>Alternative ending where Quicksilver survives due to Dr. Cho’s medical technology and joins the Avengers alongside Scarlet Witch.
WHY WAS MOST OF THIS STUFF CUT?! THERE WERE SO MANY ODD EDITS AND JUMPS THAT MAKE SO MUCH SENSE NOW THAT WE KNOW THESE SCENES WERE MISSING!!!
What happens? As an alternate opening, Bruce Banner is up in some snowy mountains. Having given up hope of curing his condition, he gets a gun out and begins trying to kill himself. The Hulk has different ideas, though. Meanwhile, Captain America is frozen far below.
Why didn’t it make the cut? At a guess, it was deemed too dark for the opening sequence of a family film. The scene remains in the ‘head canon’ of many though, especially after Bruce recalled putting a bullet in his mouth during The Avengers.
postcards–from–faraway has a really great meta up that mentions Betty Ross and laments that she’s just left hanging at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
But! Fun fact about The Incredible Hulk — the deleted scenes are the best parts. Not only does everything make way more sense and General Ross’s righthand man is a fully developed, kickass lady, Betty gets hers in the end.
(Skip to 27:31 for the scene)
Here, Betty gets a call from her boyfriend, whom she calmly confronts about selling Bruce out earlier in the film. She then forgives him, because she’s too moral and understanding and awesome to hold a grudge.
Betty: I forgive you. But I’m not coming home yet.
Leonard: Where are you going?
Betty: I have no idea. But I’ll let you know when I do, I promise. Goodbye, Leonard.
Betty, who is a well-balanced individual who does not have issues with self-loathing, is brave enough to say goodbye and considerate enough to keep the people who love her informed of her whereabouts.
As much as I love Bruce Banner, he does not at this juncture deserve Betty Ross.
And Betty Ross is not going to sit around and wait for him. She’s going to take some time to find herself, and she’s going to move on with her life, probably with Leonard, who will wait for her, something in another deleted scene she asks Bruce why he didn’t do.
So, yeah, The Incredible Hulk is definitely flawed but could have been a much better story and had a much better conclusion for Betty Ross had they left in the really compelling character moments shown in the deleted scenes.
Now let’s all imagine Betty Ross getting wine drunk with Natasha Romanoff and serenely talking shit about Bruce Banner’s runaway tendencies.