Movie fans were pretty disappointed when the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Blu-ray boxed set was delayed this year. The ten-disc collection was set to include all the Marvel Studios movies so far – Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers – in a fancy briefcase containing a glowing reproduction of the Tesseract, the mystical MacGuffin from the last two films in the ongoing franchise. The collection was scheduled for release in September to coincide with the Blu-ray premiere of The Avengers, but a legal squabble over the packaging – the briefcase was deemed too similar to an actual product produced by German manufacturer "Rimowa GmbH" – delayed the release until 2013.
News finally came down today that the Blu-ray collection has been officially rescheduled for release on April 2, 2013 (you can pre-order now on Amazon). The packaging has been altered, but will remain largely similar to the original product, pictured above. The glowing Tesseract is in place, all the movies will be included, and – thanks to the delay – the set will now feature additional content teasing Marvel's "Phase Two" motion picture slate, leading up to The Avengers 2, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Marvel Studios' President of Production Kevin Feige gave a statement to the publication, promising "footage, concept art, and a few new surprises. Also, look for a nod to Iron Man 3 in the Tony Stark S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the box set." The films included in Marvel's "Phase Two" are Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, although only the first two films are currently in production, so we expect the content to focus on Iron Man 3 and Thor, although it could potentially go so far as to include the Comic Con teaser for Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, even though the film's release date of November 6, 2015 would technically make it a "Phase Three" production.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled will retail for $219.00, which may seem a little steep for a collection of Blu-rays you already own, but this new content – and that flashy new packaging (which will not, let's be honest, fit in your storage unit) – might make the price worthwhile for true Marvel Zombies.
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