A while back I mentioned how Marvel might be looking to add short films to their ever expanding movie-verse. Today we’ve got the first clip of just such a film, the Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant. This will be one of two short films appearing on the Thor DVD/Bluray releasing in September. The shorts star Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and focus on the every day comings and goings of a S.H.E.I.L.D. agent.
This clip in particular features Agent Coulson and Agent Sitwell discussing how they’ll convince General Thunderbolt Ross, of The Incredible Hulk, not to sign up with the team. It leads right into the post credit sequence from The Incredible Hulk where Tony Stark meets up with Ross in a bar. Is Stark the consultant mentioned in the title? Hmm, don’t know, we’ll have to catch the whole short to be sure. (But I feel confidant he is, judging by the eloquent description Coulson gives.)
I think these shorts are a smart, smart movie on Marvel’s part. Their films are obviously performing better than DC’s at the moment, and they’ve already begun connecting as many together as they can. Weaving these stories together will only cause their growing fan base to become more engaged. I think it’ll only be a matter of time before the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises will be tied into these Avengers movies. What better way to begin bridging those gaps than with accesible short features.
What do you guys thinks about Marvel’s plans for short features? Any character you think deserve a short after Agent Coulson?