One of the few bona fide hits of this summer was Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3 kicked off in grand style, as the latest from directors Joe and Anthony Russo received near universal critical acclaim and earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming the fourth highest-grossing installment in the franchise. Fans are eager to see the film again, and they'll be able to soon. The anticipated Civil War Blu-ray hits shelves on September 13, 2016.
While Civil War was noteworthy for its politically charged idealogical conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, it also made sure to deliver plenty of genre thrills for the audience. Arguably, the centerpiece of the entire movie was the now-famous "splash page" sequence, in which Team Cap and Team Iron Man did battle against each other at the German airport. Each hero participating got his or her moment in the spotlight, and when it was Ant-Man's turn to shine, it's safe to say he left a big impression on viewers.
At one point in the fight, Scott Lang (who is aligned with Captain America's squad), uses the Pym particles to transform into Giant Man to shift the odds in his team's favor. But during development, it apparently wasn't always set in stone where Ant-Man's allegiances would lie. Concept art shared by Marvel Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park depicts none other than Captain America taking on Giant-Man at the airport. Check out the images below:
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) August 22, 2016
Based on the history of the MCU, it's more logical for Scott to be on Rogers' side. In last year's Ant-Man, the littlest Avenger had a chance encounter with Falcon and proved his worth as a valuable ally (taking Sam Wilson down in a scuffle). That connection was what brought Captain America and Ant-Man together in the first place; it's unknown if Lang knew anyone on Team Iron Man personally before Civil War. Additionally, Lang's friend and mentor Hank Pym viewed Stark in an unfavorable light, so it's possible Scott isn't the biggest fan of Tony either at this point in time.
It's an interesting "what if" presented in the artwork, but it's probably for the best things turned out the way they did in the film. There was obviously a lot of care put into the construction of the two rosters, and everyone needed a reason for being on their respective sides. It made more sense for Scott, who was thrilled to meet Captain America, help Steve Rogers, just like it was understandable why teenage Peter Parker would join arms with his idol Tony Stark. All the heroes fit on their teams from an emotional perspective, which is what made Civil War have so much weight.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Ant-Man, who will most likely be part of Avengers: Infinity War prior to the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp in the summer of 2018. When last Scott was seen in Captain America 3, Steve Rogers was breaking him (along with the other members of Team Cap) out of the Raft prison. He may be an international fugitive, but being on the run from the law is nothing new for Scott. And if he helps in the fight against Thanos, chances are the government will pardon him for any perceived wrongdoings.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on VOD September 2, 2016, and DVD/Blur-ray on September 13, 2016.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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