The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Trailer Scene: A suicidal Bruce Banner heads out into the Antarctic wilderness in as he attempts to end it all in this extended version of a scene from the film. Watch closely and you can supposedly see a still frozen Captain America in the background too.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? One of the most overlooked Marvel movies in recent memory, there’s every chance that Ed Norton’s Hulk could have hit a home run if the star / writer had been able to bring his creative vision to the final cut.
Star Trek (2009)
The Trailer Scene: The birth of baby Spock. Awwww look at his cute little pointed ears.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? We can’t have been the only ones who sat through JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot wondering why they’d even cast Winona Ryder in the movie? Sure enough it’s because the majority of her scenes had been cut, including this insight into the origins of the Enterprise’s science officer, which would probably have helped to make the pointy-eared protagonist more prominent.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The Trailer Scene: A baby Storm is shoehorned into one of the trailers for this magnum opus of X-Men awfulness.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? Given the kaleidoscope of comic book characters that did make the final cut, we’re pretty sure that no one really missed Storm from the finished film.
Highlander Endgame (2000)
The Trailer Scene: There are several shots in which Jacob Kell shows off his magical abilities, including a scene where he stops a sword in mid-air.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? No explanation was ever given for why the scenes didn’t make the movie. But Kell demonstrates absolutely no mystical abilities in the finished film so it might have looked a little weird if he started up with all this hocus pocus malarkey.
The Trailer Scene: Bruce Willis makes an inspirational speech as the team attempt to avoid the end of the world.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? There are probably enough inspirational monologues in Michael Bay’s movie. Besides, cutting Bruce’s bit gave the director some extra time to fine-tune the slow-mo explosions that have become his calling card.
Point Break (1991)
The Trailer Scene: Surfing, sky-diving, bank robbing and a Keanu Reeves performance so wooden it can give you splinters at 50 paces; Point Break has it all. Except of course for this deleted scene in which Johnny Utah corrects a superior who casks if he thinks federal taxpayers would like it that he's getting paid to surf and pick up girls - "Babes, sir,” the fresh faced FBI agent explains. “The correct term is 'babes'."
Do we miss it in the finished movie? “NOOOOOOO!!” *shoots imaginary gun in the air repeatedly*
The Trailer Scene: One of the earliest teasers for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man featured a superb scene in which the webslinger caught a helicopter full of bank robbers in a web he’d strung up between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? After 9/11 there was never any doubt that the sequence had to be pulled, although it was always intended as a standalone teaser and not part of the finished product.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Trailer Scene: Given that it clocks in at just over two hours long, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Marc Webb didn’t leave anything on the cutting room floor when it came to turning in his Spider-Man reboot. But then as anyone who’s seen the early trailers will tell you, a whole subplot involving Richard Parker’s secret research seemed to be left out of the story when Spidey eventually swung into cinemas.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? The subplot in question featured pretty heavily in this summer’s Spidey sequel. But whilst audiences eventually caught up with the action, the story could have gone a long way to filling in the plotholes that blighted the reboot.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Trailer Scene: Webb repeated his trick in the trailer for the franchise’s sophomore outing this summer. There were several scenes that didn’t make it to the multiplex, one of the most important came from Norman Osborne’s deathbed where pappa Goblin seemed to be telling Goblin Jr. about Richard Parker’s experiments, whilst lifting the lid on Peter Parker’s secret along the way.
Do we miss it in the finished movie? Fans are already calling for a director’s cut – hopefully one with a lot less Rhino. But given that it would have changed the entire complexion of the film we can see why Webb felt it was best left out of the final film.
Terminator: Salvation (2009)
The Trailer Scene: “This is not the future my mother told me about,” growls Christian Bale in one of a gaggle of temporal references that are scattered throughout the early trailers for Terminator: Salvation .
Do we miss it in the finished movie? A “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is probably advisable given the number of anomalies contained within the Terminator timeline. But by facing the tricky temporal questions head-on McG’s fourquel might have at least made itself a little more interesting.