Comic-Con poster for Item 47
|Screenplay by||Eric Pearson|
|Based on||Characters published
by Marvel Comics
|Running time||4–14 minutes each|
Marvel One-Shots are a series of direct-to-video short films produced by Marvel Studios, set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are included as special features in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film's Blu-ray releases. The short films are exclusive to the Blu-ray releases and are not included on the DVDs.
The first two films star Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, and offer up self-contained stories about a day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. The third film stars Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a down-on-their-luck couple who find a discarded Chitauri gun. The fourth film stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.
In August 2011, Marvel announced a couple of short films would be released direct-to-video. Co-producer Brad Winderbaum said "It's a fun way to experiment with new characters and ideas, but more importantly it's a way for us to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe and tell stories that live outside the plot of our features."
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito reiterating this idea stating that the goal of Item 47 was to "expand the world and show you the more human elements of it". He continued that Marvel is wrestling with the idea of introducing established characters who may not yet be ready to carry their own feature films in future One-Shots, "There’s always a potential to introduce a character. We have 8,000 of them, and they can’t all be at the same level. So maybe there are some that are not so popular, and we introduce them [with a short] – and they take off. I could see that happening".
In July 2013, D’Esposito said he considered making stand-alone shorts for several characters, including Loki, a young Nick Fury, and Black Panther. Regarding Loki, D’Esposito said "Being on Asgard is very difficult for us to do in a short. It’s just impossible for us cost wise. The short would be 30 seconds, and it’s over. One shot of Loki on Asgard." On Fury and Black Panther, he remarked "It’s very complicated to do: who plays those characters? And designing the costume, getting it going … We tried. We were there in development, and we tried, but they were very difficult for all the reasons I gave. And we don’t want to do something that’s half baked because it’s not good for us and it’s not good for our fans." During the Agent Carter panel at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, D'Esposito stated it is being considered to bring the shorts to the theaters, appearing before features.
The Consultant (2011)
At the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that The Consultant would appear exclusively on the Thor Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D. On September 1, 2011, The Consultant leaked in the form of a twitvid and had the full film, including credits. It was directed by Leythum and written by Eric Pearson, with music by Paul Oakenfold. It features shots from the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, including a shot of the Abomination and part of the final scene.
Agent Coulson informs Agent Sitwell that the World Security Council wishes Emil Blonsky released from prison to join the Avengers Initiative. They see him as a war hero and blame his fight in New York City with Bruce Banner on Banner himself. They order S.H.I.E.L.D. to send an agent to ask General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (William Hurt) to release Blonsky into their custody. As Nick Fury doesn't want to release Blonsky, the two agents decide to send a patsy to sabotage the meeting, so that Ross will refuse to release Blonsky. At Sitwell's urging, Coulson reluctantly sends the consultant: Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). As partially depicted in the post-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk, a disgraced Ross sits drinking in a bar, when he is approached by Stark, who ends up annoying Ross so much that Ross tries to have him removed from the bar. In reply, Stark buys the bar, and schedules it for demolition. The next day at the restaurant, Sitwell arrives to Coulson eating breakfast. Coulson informs him that their plan worked, and that Blonsky will remain in prison.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (2011)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer was included on the Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray release on October 25, 2011. It was directed by Leythum and written by Eric Pearson, with music by Paul Oakenfold.
Phil Coulson is on his way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he stops for gas. He makes his way to the back of the station to decide what snacks he wants. Two robbers enter the station and demand the money from the register. When the robbers ask whose car is outside, Coulson exposes himself, surrenders his keys, and offers to surrender his pistol as well. As he is about to surrender the gun, Coulson distracts the robbers and subdues both of them down in seconds. He then nonchalantly pays for his snacks while subtly advising the clerk not to mention his involvement and leaves the station.
Item 47 (2012)
Item 47 was released on The Avengers Blu-ray from August 29, 2012 in various markets and September 25, 2012 in the United States. It was directed by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson. The film has a runtime of 12 minutes, longer than the previous films, which were no longer than 4 minutes.
Bennie (Jesse Bradford) and Claire (Lizzy Caplan), a down-on-their-luck couple find a discarded Chitauri gun referred to as 'Item 47' and decide to rob a few banks. S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sitwell (portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández) is assigned by another agent, Blake (portrayed by Titus Welliver) to retrieve the weapon and "neutralize" (kill) the couple; during the briefing, the two reminisce about the recently deceased Agent Coulson. Sitwell tracks the couple down and the resulting confrontation results in the motel room where the couple are staying being wrecked, and all the stolen money blown to pieces. Instead of killing the couple, due to how Bennie modded the 'dead' Chitauri gun to work, Sitwell invite the couple to join S.H.I.E.L.D.; with Bennie assigned to the R&D 'think-tank' to reverse engineer the Chitauri tech, and Claire becoming Blake's assistant (Blake not being too keen on the idea).
The first part of the credits sequence hints at Bennie's work at S.H.I.E.L.D., refining the Chitauri technology first into a more human-friendly design, then into heavier vehicle-mounted weapons, and finally into an artillery piece.
Agent Carter (2013)
Agent Carter was released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of the HD digital stream and download of the same available through certain outlets such as Amazon on September 3, 2013, starring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito. The film takes place one year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, in which Agent Carter, a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is in search of the mysterious Zodiac.
She eventually succeeds but her misogynistic boss, Agent Flynn (Bradley Whitford), refuses to let her go on any more missions as punishment for not getting permission from him to complete the mission. However, Flynn gets a call from Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and is told that Carter will work at S.H.I.E.L.D with Stark. Pleased, Carter accepts her new career and leaves the Strategic Scientific Reserve.
Cast and characters
- A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
- A V indicates a voice-only role
- An A indicates the actor or actress appears via archived footage from previous films.
|Character||The Consultant||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer||Item 47||Agent Carter|
|Phil Coulson||Clark Gregg|
|Jasper Sitwell||Maximiliano Hernández||Maximiliano Hernández|
|Night Waitress||Deborah Knox|
|Robert Downey, Jr.A |
|General Ross||William HurtA |
|Tim RothA V |
|Robber 1||Jeff Prewett|
|Robber 2||Zach Hudson|
|Agent Blake||Titus Welliver|
|Peggy Carter||Hayley Atwell|
|Howard Stark||Dominic Cooper|
|Agent Flynn||Bradley Whitford|
|Dum Dum Dugan||Neal McDonough|
|Chris EvansA |
|Disembodied Voice||Shane BlackV |
- Strom, Marc (August 2, 2011). "Marvel One-Shots: Expanding the Cinematic Universe". Marvel.com. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- Breznican, Anthony (2012-07-03). "FIRST LOOK: Marvel unveils top-secret 'Avengers' short film 'Item 47' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
- Breznican, Anthony (July 17, 2013). "Marvel One-Shots: Might 'Agent Carter' clear way for Ms. Marvel, Loki, young Nick Fury, or Black Panther?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- Collura, Scott (July 19, 2013). "Comic-Con: We Have Seen Agent Carter, the New Marvel One-Shot -- and It Rules". IGN. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- Krah, Jackie (September 1, 2011). "The Consultant - Marvel's First Between-Movie Avengers Short Leaked Online". Retrieved September 26, 2011.
- "Bring Captain America Home on Blu-ray & DVD 10/25". Marvel Comics. 2011-09-20. Archived from the original on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "Marvel’s Phase One/Avengers International DVD/Blu-ray Release Dates and Box Set Images". BeyondHollywood.com. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- Chitwood, Adam (2012-05-18). "THE AVENGERS Blu-ray/DVD Hits Stores September 25; Includes Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending and More". Collider.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
- Keyes, Rob (June 25, 2013). "‘Iron Man 3′ Blu-ray To Include Agent Carter Short Film". Retrieved June 25, 2013.
- Breznican, Anthony (July 11, 2013). "'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' -- FIRST LOOK at poster and three photos from the new short!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
- Fletcher, Rosie (July 19, 2013). "Marvel's Agent Carter reaction: Comic-Con 2013". TotalFilm. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant at the Internet Movie Database
- Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer at the Internet Movie Database
- Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 at the Internet Movie Database
- Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter at the Internet Movie Database