An Amazon.co.uk email, sent to customers this past Friday, indicates that the DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron will include an extended version of the film, as well as an "alternate ending."
The email notified users that Ultron was now available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray. Though it will not be released in the United States until May 1, the film is already available in many other countries. Features on the home video release were described by Amazon.co.uk as "including an extended version and alternate ending."
That an extended version of the movie would be forthcoming is not particularly surprising, considering that Joss Whedon's first cut of the flick was reportedly three and a half hours long. But an alternate ending is something else, especially to be leaked or announced before the film has hit its full release.
Joss Whedon announced nearly a month ago that Avengers: Age of Ultron would not, as most Marvel movies traditionally do, have a scene at the very end of its credits sequence that would link the movie with the broader Marvel Universe or hint at the next installment in the franchise. (It will, however, have an extra scene in the middle of its credit sequence.) It's possible that what Amazon.co.uk is referring to here is not an alternate ending scene per se, but an alternate end credits scene, not packaged with the theatrical release of the film.
The other explanation for this is that Amazon.co.uk is entirely mistaken and put the wrong thing in their email. But in the three days since the message was sent, neither the retailer nor Marvel have stepped forward to offer a retraction or correction. It certainly seems like we're all going to have to watch Age of Ultron at least twice, what's surely to be a great hardship for many nerds out there.
Update: Chalk this up to "Amazon mistakes," as it appears that Amazon.co.uk has been sending out retraction emails:
Amazon are walking back their claim of an alternative ending and extended cut for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. pic.twitter.com/Wjr3KOm43u— Film Divider (@FilmDivider) April 29, 2015