Simon Kinberg, writer and producer of [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) recently confirmed that an extended cut of the film, including all of Rogue's cut scenes as well as scenes that focus on some of the film's other characters, is being released sometime in early 2015. It's been known since before the film's release that Rogue, despite being advertised on the covers of Empire and in several of the film's collectible promotional cards, wouldn't play a predominant role. A total of ten minutes worth of footage is to be added to the movie, said Kinberg:
"We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film — behind the camera, and in front of it. Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character."
The scenes were originally cut from the film to save time and make some of the changes made to the movie's storyline less complicated, according to Bryan Singer. This kind of thing isn't new, especially when it comes to superhero movies - and while most director's cuts aren't as massive as, say, any of the Lord of the Rings cuts were, it's still interesting to see just how much of the film was shaved off for theatrical release. For example...
Okay, so this one does live up to a Lord of the Rings cut in length alone. The Watchmen Ultimate Cut clocks in at a hefty 3.5 hours, and was a re-edit of the Director's Cut (which totaled 3.1 hours in length) that included the Tales of the Black Freighter storyline as it is featured in the graphic novel. The Ultimate Cut was released as a four-disk set and included two additional hours of footage, including Under the Hood and a complete motion comic of the Watchmen graphic novel.
Over 30 minutes of footage was cut from the theatrical release of [The Avengers](movie:9040), a film that originally lasted 3 hours, according to director Joss Whedon. A good deal of the scenes that were cut focused on Steve Rogers and his efforts to adapt to his modern-day surroundings. Said Whedon:
We did film a scene in Cap’s apartment. It will be one of the DVD extras. I had quite a little sequence built of Cap not relating to the world and feeling his isolation and as we got closer and closer, we realized, when he’s punching that bag, he’s pretty much telling us everything we need to know. He’s in a gym by himself at night beating things up. And then you sort of go, “Actually, that story’s being told by that."
Another cut scene involved Steve and Peggy Carter, possibly reuniting:
One of the best scenes that I wrote was the beautiful and poignant scene between Steve and Peggy [Carter] that takes place in the present. And I was the one who was like, Guys, we need to lose this. It was killing the rhythm of the thing. And we did have a lot of Cap, because he really was the in for me. I really do feel a sense of loss about what’s happening in our culture, loss of the idea of community, loss of health care and welfare and all sorts of things. I was spending a lot of time having him say it, and then I cut that.
A similar scene was later written into [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) - and Agent Carter is lined up to appear with Cap in the next Avengers film as well.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
While there's no titled director's cut, the DVD and Blu-Ray release of [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) will include 13 deleted scenes, including an expansion on Peter's relationship with Harry Osborne, a scene where Peter meets his father, and more on Harry's transformation into the Green Goblin. Fans are anticipating a much more "finished" movie with these deleted scenes, so hopefully they'll serve to fill in at least some of the major holes that were left in TASM2.
When it comes to the 'less is more' theory, this particular film clocks in at the top of my list. After it was announced that 30 minutes of footage would be added on with the release of the DVD, fans speculated that, perhaps, the extra footage would help reconcile the film just a bit - unfortunately, there wasn't a whole lot of fiber in the extra footage, and a good deal of it was just a lead-up to the second film.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled
Possibly the most extended of all superhero DVD collections is Marvel's extremely cool Phase One Box Set. It includes all movies from the first phase of the MCU (decidedly making Edward Norton's The Incredible Hulk canon) and contains not only all of the extra footage included on all of the blu-ray releases, but also interesting artifacts and collectibles from each movie. A suitcase with the Tesseract in it? Alright, sign me up.