The Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie has an online/streaming digital release date of August 19th and the hard product Blu-ray/DVD is set for a September 9th release date! Mark that on your calendars!
But if you look over the extra features,
Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
You might notice there's no "One-Shot" or Marvel short in the list.
That's because there won't be one.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that it isn't because of a typo that it's not listed, but that the very popular Marvel One-Shot shorts that have accompanies ALL Marvel releases to date, won't be included in the Cap 2 home entertainment release.
The One-Shots are popular and have been (in theory) responsible for spawning TV shows (Item 47, from The Avengers Blu-ray) spawned Agents of SHIELD, and (Agent Carter, from the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray) has spawned the upcoming ABC series, Agent Carter.
Plus, they used a One-Shot to "fix" the bullshit move they pulled with Trevor pretending to be "The Mandarin" in IM3 with in the Thor: The Dark World release.
So why stop now?
Per EW, who reached out to Marvel, they've been told if the studio does not have a good story to tell, so they won't include a One-Shot.
Though I can't imagine what "good story" they can't come up with, what with all the properties at their disposal and in upcoming films and potential TV and streaming series.
But then I had to wonder, with time to spare, if maybe the Ant-Man debacle that took place earlier this week and last, had anything to do with it.
A quickie background: The man who brought Ant-Man to Marvel, with his own vision, Edgar Wright, has left the project, due to what has been called creative differences between what he had in mind and what Marvel wants.
It's pretty surprising, considering Wright does some pretty good and fun work, and maybe not too surprising that Marvel has an over-seeing vision of their Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) tone that everything has to fit into. And having done that so well, well, I can't decide who to feel bad for!
Though if I were Wright, sure, there might be creative differences, but to have been a part of this mega-universe of Disney/Marvel's would have been a boon in the long run, I would think.
With that said, I have to wonder if the One-Shot that might have been included in the Cap 2 product might have been an Ant-Man short? And now that the project is teetering a bit from the production changes being made, they weren't prepared to show the product that was slated to come out with Cap 2?
It's all huge conjecture on my part, but conjecture led by the absence of what many call the wildly popular One-Shot short series we've been getting from Marvel. But Marvel execs say if they don't have something strong enough to bring to the One-Shot table, they won't make them.
I'm having a hard time swallowing that one, what with the timing and all of the Ant-Man film. But it is what it is.
I hope the bloopers are more than the usual five or six oops moments at least!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and stars Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
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