In The Avengers, Captain America isn’t loving life in the 21st century.
If there are any doubts, just look at how hard he’s hitting that punching bag when we first encounter him, or check out his excitement at actually getting Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) The Wizard of Oz reference.
But there was actually more to it than that, as revealed in a new deleted scene released to promote the upcoming Avengers Blu-ray, which hits stores Sept. 25.
In the three-minute clip, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is shown watching World War II footage of himself on a laptop, and mulling over the files of his long-dead military buddies.
Among the scene’s big reveals is that love interest Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger, is still alive and well (and presumably in her nineties) in the U.K. Cap considers calling her, but decides against it. Could this be further explored in the next Captain America solo movie?
The other big moment comes when comics legend Stan Lee gives Steve some advise about a certain waitress, who pops up later in the film. Lee, famous for his Marvel cameos, appeared in the film’s final cut near the end, where he expressed disbelief that superheros could exist in New York.
Editors note: Video of the scene has been removed per a request from Disney, which says the footage that emerged online Wednesday had been pirated.