After delaying the release because of a legal dispute over the packaging, Marvel has announced an April 2 release date for its 10-disc, six-movie “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One” Blu-ray collection. It was originally scheduled to arrive on Sept. 25.
Pre-sales begin later today for the collection, which EW.com reports will include such new content as deleted scenes from each of the studio’s previous films, and a look ahead to Phase Two, which begins in May with Iron Man 3 and continues with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige wasn’t specific about the previews, only telling the website that they include “footage, concept art, and a few new surprises.” Presumably, though, fans can expect the Ant-Man test reel director Edgar Wright debuted in July at Comic-Con International.
Rimowa GmbH, the German manufacturer of luxury travel briefcases, sued Marvel and Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment in August, claiming the packaging for the collection violated its trademark. Rimowa had provided the studio with an aluminum Topas attaché case for Samuel L. Jackson to carry in the film, but did not grant Marvel permission to manufacture replicas. “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One” will now be released in a different case but with the same glowing Tesseract cube. It retails for $219.
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