The best part about reaching the DVD/Blu-Ray and Digital Download release dates for Marvel films is that with them we get those eagerly anticipated deleted scenes! And sometime those scenes can be more telling about the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe than what we actually see in the films.
Throwaway scenes put into foreshadow later films in the MCU are often the first to go when cuts need to be made to conserve time and pacing, and there's two in particular that give us big hints towards [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) and perhaps even further forward into [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027).
Watch Your Six: The Heimdall Reference
Watch Your Six is the second deleted scene from [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035); it takes 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, most importantly two lines of conversation between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) that could be very pertinent for Thor 3.
Steve: [to Thor] "Any help from on high?"
Thor: "Heimdall's either away from his post or he's been ordered not to answer."
What the hell is going on in Asgard right now? Remember, Thor hasn't been back there since the events of [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462), leaving his homeworld at the film's conclusion, returning to Midgard to be with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Presumably he's been on Earth ever since then, leaving Loki (Tom Hiddleston) on the throne in the guise of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) unchecked and in control.
This also ties in with Thor's Scarlet Witch-induced vision about the decay of Asgar and the cloudy-eyed Heimdall (Idris Elba) 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 back in Asgard, and Thor jets off back home at the conclusion of the film to find out what the hey is going on.
The Norn Cave: Infinity Stones
This is a nice little scene that clarifies one of the big problems with Age of Ultron, namely, what the hell was Thor doing hallucinating in that pool? Presumably drugs, but the answer turns out to be slightly different.
(A brief description of the scene first, in case you haven't seen it yet.)
Thor meets Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) outside of the university where he's presumably working now, and tells him that he needs his help.
Thor: "We have to contact the Norns."
Selvig: "The Norns? Like the Fates in Greek mythology?"
Thor: "A little bit different."
Selvig: "In what way?"
Thor: "Well, for one thing, they're real."
(That's a Mjolnir sized burn right there.)
Cut to them in the creepy looking cave with the pool Selvig describes as "The Water of Sight". He says he thought the Norn Cave was in Asgard, and Thor replies "In every realm, there's a reflection. The Norns see what no eye can, what is, and what's to come." Creepy. Selvig has a box of assorted herbs and stuff which Thor says he needs to invoke the Norns.
Selvig: "You think they'll talk to you?"
Thor: "No. They'll talk to you. Now the Norns expect a sacrifice for this privilege, they feed on life."
Selvig: "You're the sacrifice?"
Thor: "I have more life than most. Hopefully you can find out what we need before they consume me completely."
Cheery. Our hero takes a swig of something from a flask, presumably Dutch courage, and we cut to him surfacing in the pool, cackling as the Norns possess him.
Now he's the one with the cloudy white eyes. Perhaps it was the Norns speaking to him through Heimdall in his earlier vision?
Anyway, the Norns call Selvig and Thor fools, Selvig asks them how to stop Ultron and they're super helpful in that regard:
Selvig: "How do we stop Ultron?"
Selvig: What kind?"
Thor/Norns: "Human of course!"
Yeah, thanks guys. Thor gets zapped a lot by random bolts of electricity and yells a bit, then continues, then starts talking about the Infinity Stones (plot point alert!)
Thor/Norns: "The stone draws you all to its brilliance and you to your end."
Selvig: "The stone? From Loki's sceptre?"
Thor/Norns: "It was never his! It is of the six. The infinite six. Cannot be joined nor kept apart."
Selvig: "This stone?"
Thor/Norns: "The Mind Stone that rules perception, that moulds the mind's monsters. It carved out your will Erik and still you don't see?"
Selvig: "If Ultron has the mind stone..."
Thor/Norns: "No. Your enemies are closer."
The scene ends with Thor breaking away from the Norn's control; before they consume him completely he scrambles out from the pool, lying there for a moment catching his breath before panting: "They don't see what's coming."
So, the Norns don't know what's going to happen with Ultron, was this scene just an exercise in futility? Perhaps, but in addition to the mention of the Infinity Stones it also gives us another important pointer linking forward to Thor: Ragnarok.
A Reference to Loki?
During the Norns' conversation with Selvig there's a few throwaway references that could apply to other characters. For example...
"Your enemies are closer."
"God fear father's ambition... and brilliance only blinds."
"Father's ambition" and the brilliance that blinds in the context of Age of Ultron alone could possibly refer to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Tony's ambition to create the AI led to him becoming the 'father' of Ultron and blinded by his own brilliance he didn't realise that what he was doing could have deadly consequences.
Alternatively, and perhaps more likely given the cosmic subject matter, this could also be a reference to Loki. This makes sense in relation to the "your enemies are closer" line - Thor's enemy is literally hidden in his immediate family - but perhaps more interesting is: "God fear father's ambition."
The core of Loki's personality has always been his ambition, namely to rule Asgard as King. He now sits atop this goal in the guise of Odin - Thor's father, and the hold he has over Asgard and it's inhabitants is surely something that Thor (a God) should fear.
The deleted scene of Loki confronting Thor in his Scarlet Witch-induced vision (which sadly hasn't been released) would've fed into this too, hinting at his survival. Like Heimdall, Loki would have appeared as a hallucination to Thor during his vison. Joss Whedon [Director] says that he would've made a reference to his Odin disguise here, even if it's one that Thor wouldn't quite understand:
"We even had a little reference to the fact that he’s taken the throne, which was Tom [Hiddleston] doing his Anthony Hopkins impression when Thor says, 'Oh, what would father say?' Then Tom does his Hopkins impression, and Thor’s like, 'That is uncanny!' It’s sort of like his subconscious is telling him that Loki was imitating his father. But he would never make that connection." Whedon
It's a shame that these two scenes didn't make it into the final cut, but they certainly make us even more excited for Thor: Ragnarok, due to be released July 28th 2017.