There's few things in movie fandom more alluring than deleted scenes. A little glimpse at what might have been, they're a window into a creative process that reveals how, even with a great script, A-List cast and trouble-free shoot, whether or not a film will be any good is in flux until the edit is well under way.
The thing is, despite the allure, deleted scenes are actually pretty pointless. They're small moments that don't impact the wider story enough to be ultimately considered important to the film as a whole. That is, after all, why they were cut. If they had a positive effect on the film, then they wouldn't be left on the cutting room floor/editor's recycle bin, destined for a life in DVD bonus features and YouTube compilation videos.
Although that's not always the case. Sometimes things aren't cut because they aren't necessary, but because if they made it to cinema screens they'd have altered the movie in major ways. Unbelievable as it may seem, short, minute-long sequences can completely change the pacing of the plot, representation of overlying themes or, as these nine examples prove, how a character comes across. Prepare to see your favourite heroes in a very different light.