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12 Deleted Scenes From Famous Movies That We Wish Moviemakers Had Kept

If you feel like your favorite movies are missing something, chances are, you’re not wrong. Due to many reasons, many scenes were filmed and then cut from the final version. Some deleted scenes turn out so well that we wish the moviemakers have kept them in the film. They would have explained so many things!

So let’s find out what could have been in your favorite flicks. Here are 12 deleted scenes that deserved to be included in the official releases.

1. Avatar

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Avatar has many deleted scenes. However, one alternative opening sequence stood out the most. It’s about Jake’s life before Pandora, and how different it is from the paradise he ends up in. Audiences get to see things through his perspective and understand his character development. This scene explained Jake’s decision to protect the alien planet much better. You can watch it here.

2. The Avengers

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In one of Avengers’ deleted scenes, we see how difficult it is for Steve to adapt to new modern life. It shows his uncomfortable out-of-place feeling and gives us a classic Stan Lee cameo. The scene also explains why we keep seeing the waiter seemingly for no reason because it’s a callback for this character.

However, this scene was replaced by the punching bag sequence, which focuses on depicting Steve’s rage rather than his struggles to fit into his new life.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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Another regrettable deleted scene in the Avengers franchise is an extra sequence during Tony’s death. In the original draft, Tony saved the world after he snapped his fingers. After that, all members of the Avengers took a knee to honor him. The best thing about this scene is it shows Doctor Strange’s guilt, who foresees Tony’s death and has to let it unfold.

4. Thor

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This scene is probably the most brotherly exchange between Thor and Loki in the franchise. We got to see how close they were before the events in the movie unfold, which would have laid much better foundations for Loki’s redemption arc in later films. However, the scene was removed to make Loki more villainous.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Harry Potter’s movie adaptation changes a lot of details from the books, like the goodbye scene between Dudley and Harry. They actually filmed a longer version of this scene that stayed closer to the book.

In this deleted sequence, Dudley admits that he doesn’t believe Harry is useless and asks why he isn’t coming with them. This shows how much Dudley has changed over the years and how much respect he had for Harry after Harry saved him from the dementors.

6. The Lord of the Rings

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In the extended version of The Lord of the Rings, we got to see the longer and more detailed death scene of Saruman. He is one of the main antagonists in the series, so his death should be quite important. This sequence should have stayed in the final version. Saruman deserves it!

7. Start Wars: Return of the Jedi

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For years Star Wars fans have been wondering why Obi-Wan didn’t just tell Luke about his father’s real identity. This deleted scene has the answer to that question. It shows the conversation between Luke and Yoda. Yoda reveals to Luke, “Obi-Wan would have told you long ago had I let him.”

8. Mean Girls

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Regina’s sudden change of heart at the end of Mean Girls seems very out of place. However, in this deleted sequence we got to see the reason behind her out-of-character moment. Before the dance, Regina met Cady in the bathroom and the two spoke to each other. Cady apologized, and Regina forgave her. It was the perfect setup for Cady’s speech at the dance!

9. Blade Runner

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In the original draft, there was a scene where Deckard has a dream about the unicorn. Later in the movie, we see Gaff leave a small origami unicorn for Deckard to find. This detail indicates that Gaff knows about Deckard’s dream and Deckard is, indeed, a replicant. The moviemakers could have added so much more fuel to the replicant vs human debate with this scene!

10. The Lion King

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In the first version of The Lion King, Scar sang Nala a song explaining why she should be his queen. He talked about wanting to find a wife and how perfect Nala was for the role. Disgusted by Scar’s advances toward her, Nala rejected him and chose exile instead. This explained why Nala left the kingdom and bumped into Simba later in the movie.

11. Aliens

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After being woken up from her cryo sleep, Rigbey was supposed to have a very touching scene. She found out that her daughter died two years ago at age 66. Rigbey then opened up about her promise to be home for her daughter’s 11th birthday. This storyline gives more depth to RIgbey’s character and explained her protectiveness over Newt much better.

12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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This scene reveals that the Terminator can only learn if the chips in their brain are manually changed. So John and Sarah decided to remove the chip themselves with the help of the Terminator. This is especially important later in the film when the Terminator displays empathy, something he couldn’t do without John and Sarah altering the chip in his skull.

We wish the moviemakers had kept those deleted scenes in the final version. For more interesting deleted movie scenes, check out our previous post here. You might find the answer to some of the most famous questions in movie history, such as why Rose never let Jack on her raft in Titanic.