Marvel Studios has confirmed that Avengers: Endgame will arrive on Blu-Ray on August 13, with the Digital Downloads becoming available two weeks later on July 30. The studio made the announcement by releasing a brand new Avengers: Endgame trailer as some of the details were leaked a while back. For anyone out there who hasn’t seen the movie yet, this trailer contains heavy spoilers including a lot of the movie’s climactic battle and its pivotal moments, so be warned before you watch. For others, have fun.
Along with that incredibly spoiler-heavy trailer, Marvel has also revealed the list of special features that will arrive with the Blu-Ray. These include:
- Remembering Stan Lee: Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
- Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr.: Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
- A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America: Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
- Black Widow: Whatever It Takes: Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
- The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame: See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
- The Women of the MCU: MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
- Bro Thor: His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
- Six Deleted Scenes: The deleted scenes are:
- Goji Berries
- Bombs on Board
- Suckiest Army in the Galaxy
- You Used to Frickin’ Live Here
- Tony and Howard
- Avengers Take a Knee
- Gag Reel: Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
- Visionary Intro: Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
- Audio Commentary: Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
- Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance (Exclusive to Digital Download Edition): Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
The original Avengers will continue getting important treatment with featurettes dedicated to them. I doubt we’ll get featurettes as heavy as the ones we used to back in the Marvel Phase One days; Iron Man had a behind the scenes documentary that ran as long as the movie itself. The six deleted scenes should be interesting to watch and I wonder if they’ll add anything new to the movie or how long they’ll be (probably around a minute or two each). One of these could be the rumored one featuring Katherine Langford as a grown-up Morgan, Tony Stark’s daughter.
We could also see one of the deleted scenes in theaters now that Avengers: Endgame is returning for a re-release this weekend. By all accounts, it should surpass Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all time globally, which would also be the objective of this second release. The difference between the two right now is about $44 million, with Endgame sitting at $2.73 billion and Avatar holding the throne at $2.78 billion. Domestically, Endgame passed James Cameron’sAvatar quite a while back.
While these Blu-Ray announcement are sweet, I’m desperately awaiting something many fans like myself are cravying for: an Avengers: Endgame IMAX Blu-Ray release. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame created history by becoming the first full-length movies to be shot entirely in IMAX (digital IMAX but IMAX, nonetheless). To see them release in the traditional 2.35:1 aspect ratio and not receive an IMAX digital release yet feels a bit like being shortchanged especially knowing that somewhere out there exist prints of these movies in the full IMAX aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Sure getting Avengers: Endgame on 1080p and 4K are big draws in themselves but getting an IMAX Blu-Ray release with that superb clarity and a high quality digital print would be the real icing on the cake.
Marvel has previously hinted that the problems seem to have more to do with IMAX, the company than with them or Disney. Here’s hoping they’re able to work things out and release the movie in IMAX sometime soon. Perhaps as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe complete edition box-set?
Avengers: Endgame returns to theaters tomorrow. Check out our review of the movie on Appocalypse, which continues to remain spoiler-free. You can pre-order a Blu-Ray copy of the movie through any of the links below: