ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Watch Your Six is the second deleted scene from [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), and though it's only a few minutes long it contains a lot of information.

This scene would've taken place the morning after the party happens, Ultron escapes and the Avengers and Maria Hill go into damage control mode. There's a few interesting things that pop up here, and one thing that could be very pertinent in later films.

The Nature of Peace

Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Banner (Hulk) are working in the lab, trying to track down Ultron. They note that the AI is quickly evolving beyond his inbuilt capacity, which worries them. They debate whether or not Ultron is insane:

Tony: "He was supposed to learn slang, not go insane."
Bruce: "You're assuming it did."
Tony: "Look, we both know the guy has anger issues which, not to point a finger..."
Bruce: "We told him to solve the world..."

It was nice to see a bit more of what the fandom has dubbed the 'Science Bros', even if the subject matter is a bit darker this time round, and the little jab about anger issues is a very Tony Stark thing to say.

Bruce's sentiment about Ultron trying to solve the world - an unfixable problem - is then echoed in a subsequent conversation between Maria Hill and Steve Rogers. Hill brings Captain America up to date on the movements of the Ultron bots and mentions that the Maximoffs (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) are now working with him. Steve references Baron von Strucker and Maria shows him a picture of his dead body, left for them by Ultron with the word "peace" scrawled on the wall in blood. Nice.

Steve: "That's kind of a mixed message"
Hill: "Is it? If it was my mission, world peace, I'd probably take out Strucker too. Ultron could be in any system. He could be pulling planes down from the sky. What if he's just doing what he's supposed to do?"
Steve: "If I thought Ultron were bringing peace I'd hang up my shield."
Hill: "Would you?"

So there's obviously this moral dilemma here, do Ultron's ends justify the means? What is the definition of peace, if it means killing evil men? And what's Ultron's mission here - this is early in the game, so the extent of Ultron's mania and plans for human extinction haven't yet been revealed remember. This scene was probably cut for that reason - audiences don't like heavy handed moralising on the plans of the bad guy, even if it is robot-James Spader.

There's a throwaway bit with Hawkeye (Clint Barton) on the phone to his "girlfriend" (presumably his wife) which I'm pretty sure was included elsewhere in the film. Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Tony have a conversation with Rhodey (James Rhodes/War Machine), which is nice because we hardly got to see him at all during Age of Ultron, and he talks about deploying War Machine to the Middle East to keep the peace there.

Now, Here's The Really Interesting Bit

Steve: [to Thor] "Any help from on high?"
Thor: "Heimdall's either away from his post or he's been ordered not to answer."

More foreshadowing! What the hell is happening in Asgard? Remember, Thor hasn't been back there since the events of [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462), leaving Asgard at the end to be with Jane. Presumably he's been on Earth ever since then, leaving Loki on the throne in the guise of Odin unchecked, and able to do whatever he wants to Thor's home-world.

This also ties in with Thor's Scarlet Witch-induced vision about the decay of Asgard, and a cloudy-eyed Heimdall who claims that Thor is damning them all to Hel. Perhaps this is a reference to Thor leaving Asgard in Loki's hands, however unwittingly, so that he could be with his love.

At any rate, the fact that Heimdall was unable to come to the phone right now means that things are definitely not okay in Asgard, and Thor jets off back home at the conclusion of the film to find out what the hey is going on. As for us however, it looks like we're going to have to wait for [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) to roll around before that question gets answered.

Have you seen the Avengers: Age of Ultron deleted scenes yet? Which one is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!


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