Why did Avengers: Infinity War makers cut out 45-minute sequence showcasing how Thanos got the Power stone?

At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, was already in possession of the Power Stone. This powerful purple gem was last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, locked away in a Nova Corps vault. However, unlike the other Infinity Stones, we never see how the Mad Titan obtained it, except for the knowledge that he destroyed Xandar in order to obtain it. Thanos creator Jim Starlin revealed that there was a 45-minute sequence in Infinity War that would have shown how Thanos obtained the Power Stone. Unfortunately, the sequence was scrapped for a specific reason. Jim Starlin, who co-created Thanos with Mike Frederick for The Invincible Iron Man #55 in 1973, contributed significantly to the character's development. Less than four decades later, the character finally made his first live-action appearance in The Avengers, followed by brief appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

According to Starlin in an interview with Near Mint Condition, the Power Stone sequence was omitted from Infinity War to avoid making the film too long, similar to the runtime of Avengers: Endgame. He added, "But about a month before the movie came out, I got an email or something from Joe [Russo] that said, 'The 45 minutes of Thanos that we had at the beginning of Infinity War, we cut it ' The first one was a whole sequence of getting the gems and they had to cut that. They shot it, but they never wanted to spend money on effects and they didn't want the movie to be as long as the second one [Endgame]. Didn't realize it was going to be such a hit.

Avengers: Infinity War, the fourth longest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, clocks in at 149 minutes. But did you know that it was almost longer than Avengers: Endgame's three-hour runtime? According to comic book writer Jim Starlin, a Power Stone sequence that could have added an additional 45 minutes to the film was cut. Despite its potential, director Joe Russo ultimately decided to scrap the sequence due to time constraints and the resources required for visual effects. As a result, Avengers: Infinity War remains a thrilling and action-packed film that still manages to deliver an epic story within three hours.

While Avengers: Infinity War provided an epic showdown between the Avengers and Thanos, fans have been left to their own devices to imagine the details of the Siege of Xandar that ultimately led to Thanos obtaining the Power Stone. Unfortunately, it's unlikely we'll ever see this in a future Marvel movie as Thanos is no longer around and there's no sign of his resurrection. But fear not, as you can still see how his quest to collect the other five Infinity Stones unfolded by watching Infinity War on Disney+ and going through the Marvel movies in chronological order.

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