The first deleted scene from "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" has been unveiled, and its contents have been quite unexpected.
However, surprising footage being removed from the movie is not a new development. Marvel Studios previously announced that only two deleted scenes would be included in the digital home release of "Ant-Man 3."
With one of these two scenes now available online, fans may be more intrigued by the reasons behind its exclusion rather than the scene itself.
Ant-Man 3 Deleted Scene Revealed
IGN shared a deleted scene from Ant-Man 3's third act. However, despite being officially labeled a deleted scene by Marvel Studios itself, most (if not all) was included in the MCU film.
The scene begins with the Quantum Realm freedom fighters storming Kang's city.
One of the differences between what audiences saw in the film and in the newly revealed sequence is unfinished shots showing the cast in front of blue screens.
It also shows an unfinished look at Dastmalchian performing Veb's "I have holes" line from the final cut before taking down Kang's henchmen.
Check out the full scene below:
Why Ant-Man 3's Deleted Content Is So Small
The recently released footage labeled as a deleted scene is not entirely an exclusive scene but rather a combination of behind-the-scenes clips intercut with finished shots from the movie. It's frustrating that only one of the two deleted scenes promised by Marvel Studios is being released.
The other deleted scene, "Drink The Ooze," is expected to provide additional insight into how Scott uses the Quantum Realm to communicate.
It is unclear why Disney and Marvel Studios are releasing so little behind-the-scenes content, especially considering that there were more engaging scenes that were left out of the final cut. "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" writer Jeff Loveness has revealed that there were many scenes that didn't make it into the final film, including more backstory for Kang.
Considering that Jonathan Majors' issues are recent, it's improbable that his scenes were removed for that reason. Instead, it is likely that this decision was based on Marvel's new or future plans for Kang the Conqueror, the character Majors portrays.
However, it is perplexing that other scenes featuring the movie's cast, such as Hope with long hair and children, Janet's powers, and an alternate ending that resulted in last-minute reshoots, were not included as well. It is possible that this was due to "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" not being well received, prompting the studio to rethink its plans for Phase 5. It's also possible that Marvel is embracing the "less is more" approach as the best strategy for now.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is available now for digital purchase.