Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies between Iron Man 2 in 2010 until Thor: The Dark World in 2013 included some short films called ‘Marvel One-Shots’ on their Blu-Ray releases. They featured a few background characters from some of the Phase One and Phase Two films such as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Agent Peggy Carter, and the “false Mandarin” Trevor Slattery, and told mini-stories between films designed to expand a bit of the universe that couldn’t be told in a full film.
They were successful in that they helped launch both Marvel ABC shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter with the ‘One-Shots’ Item 47 and Agent Carter. The last one that Marvel Studios produced was for the Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray and showed that Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) is under close watch by the “real Mandarin”, somewhere out there. And then they disappeared. Maybe it was a change of pace by Marvel Studios, or maybe they ran out of ideas, we weren’t sure.
However recently, CinemaBlend talked to Eric Pearson, writer of the first three ‘One-Shots’, to discuss why they went away and if they could come back:
I think probably the drop in Blu-ray sales has hurt the One-Shots program — though I’ve heard whispers of it starting up again. I can’t confirm that at all, but I’ve definitely heard whispers of it. And I have a whole folder full of other One-Shots that I just came up with. And I was like, ‘Oh, this will be a fun eight to 12 pages!’
Sounds incredibly exciting. Personally, I always looked forward to the new Marvel One-Shot on each new Blu-Ray, reminding one of the Pixar short films released with their home media releases. Maybe Marvel Studios can bring them back with some fun ideas like Hank Pym as Ant-Man in the Cold War or War Machine on a solo mission. Food for thought. Do you want the Marvel One-Shots to come back? Sound off in the comments below!
The next MCU movie, Thor: Ragnarok, hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
7 Ways The Marvel Cinematic Universe Can Improve
Marvel Studios has changed the way that superhero films are being structured and looked upon. They have created a series of incredibly successful films under their umbrella and moved into television with several great shows (especially over on Netflix), making them a force to be reckoned with. However, Marvel has kind of become a little too comfortable when it comes to things like taking risks.
While Marvel’s films still get great reviews and are really entertaining for the most part, they also feel like safe bets. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films don’t really feel separate and there are things the studio can do to improve upon their already-winning formula. There are many things they can reach for and it’s a great time to look at these things as we move towards the release of Thor: Ragnarok, as well as next year’s Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Here are 7 ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe can improve. Click Next to continue.