Remember those Marvel One-Shots that used to be included on the DVD/BluRay releases of the super hero movies? Whatever happened to those?
In case you forgot, beginning in 2011, Marvel began including stand alone short films on its home video releases that helped embellish the still fledgling Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first two, ‘The Consultant’ (which was included on the ‘Thor’ DVD) and ‘A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer’ (on ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’) featured Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, already a bit of a scene stealer from his cameo in Marvel Studio’s first film, ‘Iron Man.’ Of course Coulson proved so popular that eventually he went on to headline the TV series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” A similar thing happened after the fourth marvel One-Shot, ‘Agent Carter’ starring Hayley Atwell, reprising her supporting role from the first ‘Captain America.’ Her short was included on the ‘Iron Man 3′ DVD before also being given a TV series of the same name, which filled in when ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ went on winter hiatus and will be returning in this upcoming season.
Though the shorts weren’t essential to the movies, they were nice fillers that added depth and a lighter side to this cinematic reality. The last One-Shot, ‘All Hail The King’ starring Ben Kingsley as the fake Mandarin from ‘Iron Man 3’ arrived with the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ last year, but there has been no word on any additional installments and the two most recent releases, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ did not include shorts.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige admitted disappointment at the apparent demise of the One-Shots, but didn’t know if they would return despite there being a wish list of potential subjects. While promoting ‘Ant-Man,’ Feige said:
“I’m disappointed too! Frankly, and I think it would be great to see more one-shots. We’ll see… You look at me as if I’m the only person who controls that decision; I wish that were the case. But I think when the opportunity arises we would do it, we would jump on it. There is a backlog of ideas for one-shots that we haven’t done yet.”
Marvel is dealing with a windfall of success as their movies seem to be getting more and more successful. But fans have to keep in mind that Marvel is actually quite a small studio that only puts out two movies a year. But the increased demand and scrutiny has to take its toll on this small operation.
And then there are the Netflix series. Marvel certainly had high hopes for its proposed shows, but ‘Daredevil’ was a massive success and already has a second season locked in with three more series yet to become available.
Marvel is most likely too busy with these money-making endeavors to worry about something that they essentially give away free. And it’s only big fans that even watch the extras on a DVD. Most people only care about the movie itself.
Would you like to see more One-Shots from Marvel? If so, what characters would you like to see? Or do you even care whether Marvel includes them or not?