Plenty of Marvel fans were disappointed when the massive “Phase One” box set containing Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers hit a snag over a legal issue regarding the design of the case. The set now has a new case, new date, new features, but the same glowing Tesseract cube in the middle. The new “Phase One” box set will be available for pre-order later today, and will hit shelves on April 2, 2013. Marvel will also make up the delay to fans by adding features like new deleted scenes, and more importantly, a sneak peek at the upcoming “Phase Two” films, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers 2.
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It’s unknown just how much of “Phase Two” fans will see on the box set. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is keeping silent other than to say that the set will contain “footage, concept art, and a few new surprises. Also, look for a nod to Iron Man 3 in the S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the box set.” Iron Man 3 material makes the most sense since the box set will come out only a month ahead of the new movie (May 3, 2013), and by that time we should also have a look at Thor 2. The other “Phase Two” movies are harder to pin down, although there should at least be some test footage or concept art to tide over fans.
As for more concrete material, there will be plenty of deleted scenes like the one EW has of an alternate ending to Thor where Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) sends out a beacon to the God of Thunder to guide him back to Earth. “We went back to the editor’s assembly of each film and discovered some rare moments that dropped out of the films early on and had not been released on prior discs,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells EW. This kind of added material makes the set more worthwhile since I’m sure the “Phase Two” stuff will leak online, and it would be lame to simply buy a case that contained the exact same Blu-rays fans already own.
“We spent an embarrassing amount of time compiling the ‘Shield Files’ included in the box set to be sure that each character’s file was full of great, movie-accurate props and Easter eggs, which help tie all of the Phase one [Marvel Comics Universe] films together,” Feige tells EW.
Is it worth the $219 MSRP? That’s a tough question. Anyone who is die-hard enough to buy this thing probably owns all of the Marvel movies already, so the special features have to be pretty spectacular to make this worth a purchase. Then again, I’m sure that plenty of fans are looking at this thing and are already shouting: