Fans of Disney Plus and Marvel Studios were excited when the hit streaming series WandaVision was announced to have an upcoming physical release. Some fans love the idea of being able to own a copy of content, whether it be for collectible purposes or home viewing. There’s a pretty major catch with the WandaVision steelbook however, and fans are baffled.
The WandaVision steelbook is basically an empty box…
A steelbook is a type of collectible packaging used for DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games. It is typically a metal case that is designed to be more durable and visually appealing than standard plastic cases. Steelbooks often feature unique artwork or designs related to the content inside, making them popular among collectors.
Marvel Studios is advertising this collectible physical release of the Elizabeth Olsen series as a historic moment because it’s the first time that an MCU Disney+ series will release as a physical collection. To be clear, however, the WandaVision steelbook contains no actual discs. The steelbook’s debut on September 27 will NOT include Blu-ray or DVD discs, and it’s unclear if a digital download will take their place.
So what do you get for the $37.99 it’s selling for?
The WandaVision steelbook does include postcards, character cards, a folder, and stickers. You get the steelbook displaying Wanda Maxifmoff/ Scarlet Witch and Vision as they glitch in Wanda’s hex television world, a full slip showing another scene and an official poster from the series, a folder with the 1950s couple in black and white, an envelope, various TV set character cards, and postcards in the style of Bewitched.
Unless you have a serious movie collection meant solely for display and not for watching, the WandaVison steelbook collection has fans pretty confused and angry.
I do not understand what this even is?? "This new collection from Marvel doesn't have a physical disc, and there's no word if a digital download will be included." so it's just like… some stuff? in a box?
— Jenny Hamilton (@readingtheend) July 24, 2023
Disney is trying to make money from the traditional practice of selling a series direct to a consumer while also still making money by forcing fans to use their streaming service to view it.