Marvel's final Phase Two adventure Ant-Man is currently available on Digital HD starting today, before arriving on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and VOD on December 8. Before you pick up your Digital HD copy, Entertainment Weekly has released a new deleted scene with commentary from director Peyton Reed and star/co-writer Paul Rudd, which has a unique Easter Egg that ties into the Iron Man franchise. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) himself isn't featured in this scene, but there is a reference to one of his villains.
The scene features Corey Stoll's Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, putting on a presentation for numerous buyers that shows some of the practical applications of the shrinking technology he has developed. The presentation shows massive shipping containers shrunk down to one small cube, and an enormous landfill that has been shrunk to fit in the palm of your hand. If it weren't for Peyton Reed's commentary, some fans may have missed this Easter Egg entirely, as he points out that one of the buyers may or may not have a Ten Rings tattoo on his neck, which references The Mandarin. Paul Rudd jokes that it isn't, in fact, a Ten Rings tattoo, and it merely signifies the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, which is coincidentally where they shot this superhero adventure. Here's what director Peyton Reed told Entertainment Weekly about other special features found on the Ant-Man 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD.
"Well, Paul Rudd and I did an audio commentary for the whole movie - that was a blast. The making-of stuff is really terrific because building all these miniaturized sets, and doing all the macro photography, was really crucial to the whole look and tone of the movie. We have a handful of extended scenes and there's some slight [bonus scenes] stuff. Some of the stuff you'll see in there was from a section we cut out of the movie which was, after Scott gets the Ant-Man suit, then he decides to do some less-than-than-heroic things with the suit. He's helping Michael Peña and the guys do some gambling and all this stuff. Then there's amazing blooper stuff with a lot of dancing on it. There was a lot of dancing on the set. You see Paul Rudd do some dance moves, in and out of the Ant-Man suit. You see Michael Peña doing some dance moves. There's a healthy amount of dancing on the Blu-ray."
In Iron Man 3, Ben Kingsley portrayed a character who we all thought was The Mandarin, leader of the Ten Rings organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie. Fans learned at the end of Iron Man 3 that Ben Kingsley's character was really just a failed British actor named Trevor Slattery, who was hired by Guy Pearce's Aldrich Ames to pretend to be the Mandarin. We learned in last year's Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, that the Ten Rings and The Mandarin are both very real, but it isn't clear if there are any plans to implement this organization into future Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure.
We reported last month that Peyton Reed is in negotiations with Marvel to direct the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will bring back Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the title characters. The studio hasn't announced who is writing the script yet, and it isn't clear if Paul Rudd and Adam McKay will return to co-write the script or not. While we wait for more details on this superhero sequel, check out this deleted scene from Ant-Man, which you can purchase on Digital HD starting today, before it arrives on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and VOD on December 8.