Marvel’s latest tradition, “one-shot” short films on their DVD releases, is getting a serious shot of ambition with the new film being released with Blu-ray edition of The Avengers this fall.
Following up on the shorts “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” and “The Consultant,” which were released on the Blu-rays of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger respectively, The Avengers disc will feature a new short called Item 47. At 12 minutes, it will be three-times longer than the previous shorts, and as opposed to the single-setting shorts starring the late-Agent Phil Coulson (played by his still living portrayer Clark Gregg), Item 47 will strive to show the greater effect of the events of The Avengers on the so-called average folk of the Marvel Film Universe.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Item 47 will follow a New York City couple played Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield) and Jesse Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers), who discover one of the abandoned Chitauri weapons, and decide to go on a little crime spree. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents played by Maximiliano Hernández (returning from small parts in Thor and The Avengers) and Titus Welliver (Lost) follow in hot pursuit.
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito directed the film, and explains:
The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy. So when this gun literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.
Eric Pearson, who wrote the screenplay for all Marvel One-Shots so far, including Item 47, adds that that the intention of the short was to show how the Chitauri invasion impacted the average citizen:
Anything that expands the world and shows you the more human elements of it, that just makes the world more colorful and fun for the average viewer.
But aside from doing side-stories (like Item 47) or doing some slight teasing (like with the other two shorts), D’Esposito sees a bigger tableau for the Marvel 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.
So by now you’re probably salivating at getting a chance to see Item 47. Well the good news is that if you’re going to the San Diego Comic Con, you’ll be able to see the whole thing. The bad news (or good depending on whether you like games and have an iPhone) is that you’ll have to follow a Scavenger Hunt through San Diego itself to find the location. You’ll have to download the Avengers Second Screen app (available for free download at the iTunes store this Friday) to get the clues. Not going to Comic Con? You too can download the app and get access to a special clip from the film.
So what do you Bastards think? Excited for the new clip? More cool stuff from Marvel, or powerfully lame and capitalistic?