The idea was to combine three movies (plus some scenes from other MCU movies) into one timeline.
But be warned!
This is not an edit that sticks 100% to the official Marvel chronology. I tried to follow the Timelines as much as possible but when the question is between accurate time and enjoyment enjoyment always wins - something I learned from Jigsaw Files.
An example would be Coulson who departs from Iron Man 2 to Thor. In the canon this happens before Thor gets banished because there are already strange storms happening.
but movie wise I felt it was way cooler that Thor appeared and then Coulson got the call to go to New Mexico.
Also The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 have witnessed a lot of cuts and trims - Thor got away pretty unharmed.
Those cuts were made because I was not content with those two movies and I want to improve them.
Cuts and Additions:
While the movies are intercut with each other this cutlist will just list the separate movies and what was cut from those movies:
Iron Man 2:
No first person celebrity-Tony, doesn't really add much to the story
No Audi commercial, the scene is there to get Tony to the senate, I think we understand that when Tony is in Washington during a hearing we don't need to hear about liking a badge cause he really likes the badge and still likes the badge
The opening banter between Pepper and Tony about the art collection is gone
Happy (Jon Favreau) has been heavily trimmed I find him pretty annoying and self-indulgent
Vanko will first appear in Monaco and his story will be unveiled by Tony/Fury since they tell us everything we need to know
"Give me the case" and Happy slamming Vanko against the wall again and again is gone, vanko wakes up, whips the car and Tony gets the case
Vanko will not want bird (that was a tricky one to remove, he still has a bird when working but the attention is never on it)
I intend to cut the scene where Stark goes to Pepper in the office because it does not really move the story forward and because Pepper mentions "Tomorrow Hammer will have a presentation" which gives Tony one afternoon to drive back and an evening plus half a day to get a new element.
No Ex-Wife or fart-gag in final fight
No kid against evil drone - kid gags are dumb in every superhero movie
Removed some of Black Widow's comic posing
Cut Happy fighting during Black Widow fighting, the gag is drawn out and not that funny. The final punch remains and Happy sees what Widow has done during that
Hulk has had a lot of scenes removed that show Banner doing stuff the audience can assume - like waiting for the guy who gives him the flower. In the next scene banner tells Blue that he has finally gotten the flower so the waiting scene is pretty pointless.
No "hot chick at work getting threatened" Banner just bumps into the guys when he is chased and gets in a fight because of that, no need to introduce a woman we will never see again
Removed Banner getting Pizza - the scene doesn't give us anything new except a nice wink to the original Hulk. Banner arrives at the pizzeria, gets a room then Betty arrives
Cut Betty selling her necklace it doesn't really drive the plot, it is a cliché and we get the desperate atmosphere when we are watching shield preparing to find Banner
No Stern getting Hulk blood to become the leader - this is a plotline that will not be important in The Avengers and detracts from the main action plus it is an overdone gimmick in comic movies
No "sweet" or "booya" from the military
Tony Stark does not talk to Ross as the scene - in the MCU - leads nowhere. He is a consultant but what he tells Ross is so contradictory they even made a one shot to explain the scene away. I did not include the Consultant One Shot because it felt more like comic book geeks talking instead of real characters. So without this scene the Tony Stark meets Ross scene serves no purpose but to advertise The Avengers without narrative consequences.
As I said I really like Thor and there is not that much that distracts me
Facebook reference is be gone, but the pic needs to be taken for the fake-id
The "dramatic death" of Thor was removed because it is obvious that he is not really dead, no slow mo run of Natalie Portman. This was the only scene I felt to be a letdown when watching Thor - Thor now gets his powers when he is willing to sacrifice himself
All three movies have some exposition scenes removed/rearranged