After a long delay caused by a legal dispute over the design of the briefcase packaging, the 10-disc Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled collector's set is now officially available for purchase. The Blu-ray home video collection does more than offer Marvel movie fans a chance to re-watch all of the films released to date from the studio, beginning with Iron Man 1 and The Incredible Hulk and leading up to The Avengers, but it also offers purchases the most detailed look at Phase Two yet.
By locating a code and heading to battleofnewyork.net fans can access a series of of production art for Phase Two of the MCU. And as a result of the release, earlier today, a Phase 2 preview video and four pieces of pre-production concept art surfaced online, highlighting the beginning of the next chapter of the MCU, again led by Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. It also offered fans their very first look at the titular Winter Soldier from Captain America 2, along with several design shots featuring starships and characters from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bleeding Cool obtained another series of similar concept art which can be found in the Phase One collector's set, this one featuring a concept shot from the final action sequence in Iron Man 3, a closer look at Captain America 2's Falcon and Winter Soldier costumes, Rocket Raccoon, a big spaceship and more!
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The close-up of Winter Soldier's costume confirms that he does wear a mask to conceal his identity as Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers thought-deceased friend from World War II. Another major reveal is Anthony Mackie's Falcon costume, which as we predicted, honors the Ultimate comics version, dropping the red and white spandex for something that'll conform to S.H.I.E.L.D. standards (click here to compare).
Rocket has another, slightly different set of clothes in the above image, but he's still a raccoon with a big gun so no concern there, right? Comparing the other Guardians of the Galaxy images, we see another ship, quite different in design to the vessels appearing in the art this morning:
The other art appears to offer one shot from the final battle of Iron Man 3 with Stark - conveniently with his helmet missing for the money shot - fighting alongside the Iron Legion, with a damaged suit laying in waste, and a noticeably large Hulkbuster-esque suit with its head off (looks like this). That particular suit is not the same as the "Igor" (Mark 38) armor officially unveiled by Marvel last week.
Missed out on Edgar Wright's Ant-Man test footage screened at Comic-Con last summer? IGN nabbed a few stills that reveal the Ant-Man costume, big and small. Take a look at the character who will represent the first chapter of Phase Three:
Lastly, a sizzle reel of unfinished footage from Thor: The Dark World was also presented - here are still taken from it, a few of which may look familiar from unofficial set photos taken in the fall while the film shot in Bourne Wood, UK:
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You've just had a glimpse at five (5) upcoming Marvel Studios productions. Excited yet?
Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Stephanie Szostak, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.
Captain America's next adventure is being directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo off a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and will release in 3D. It stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Anthonie Mackie, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernandez, Georges St-Pierre and Robert Redford.
James Gunn is writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy which has cast Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista so far.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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