Always looking for ways to make a little extra cash, Marvel Studios has found a way to turn Avengers: Age Of Ultron into two movies—sort of. When the movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, comes out on Blu-ray later this year, special features will include an extended edition as well as an alternate ending. The information comes from a release issued to Amazon UK customers and acquired by The Telegraph.
Although the words “alternate ending” suggest a different conclusion altogether, it’s quite possible that this Blu-ray addition will just be the extra post-post-credits scene that Joss Whedon swears isn’t in the theatrical version. As for the extension, the theatrical edition is already Hulk-sized at nearly two and a half hours, but Whedon’s first cut of the sequel clocked in at nearly three and a half hours, so there’s plenty of extra footage to choose from. It’s unlikely that a full hour will be added to the Blu-ray version, though, so fans will just have to accept that some of that footage will remain locked up wherever that original Ant-Man script is kept.
While viewers in the U.S. still have a couple days to wait before they can start to make it rain in megaplexes across the country, Age Of Ultron has already opened in 44 international markets, bringing in $200 million on its worldwide opening weekend. It’s expected to make just a little less than that in its first few days in America, and it looks like fans will have to prepare themselves to watch the movie at least twice to get the full experience. Just start handing your paychecks over to Marvel Studios now.