As the dust from The Avengers settles, I went back and took a look at two more Marvel One Shots, small films that were released with the Avengers and Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray movies. I’m looking at Agent Carter here, because from a continuity perspective, it seems to match up closer with post Avengers than post Iron Man 3, even though it technically happens way before anything else (except the first Captain America film).
Item 47 could arguably be considered one of the most influential Marvel One Shots. Running at around 12 minutes, it picks up where Avengers leaves off, showing how two normal folks stumble across a discarded alien weapon and use it for their own nefarious purposes. As a result, SHIELD is called in and the two are captured, but rather than being imprisoned, they’re brought into the SHIELD organization. Agent Sitwell makes a return in this short film, and we first introduced to Agent Blake, played by Titus Welliver, a character, who gets nicely developed in the Agents of SHIELD television series.
I say this is an influential one shot, because I believe it was really the initial genesis of Agents of SHIELD, and really kick started the mentality of a film spin off into a more “on the streets” television series. Now in its third season, Agents of SHIELD has garnered very mixed reviews among geeks and comic fans, but any time a series can spin off a continuity into 60+ additional hour long installments, it deserves to at least be called significant.
Item 47 was released on the Avengers Blu-Ray.
Meanwhile, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray was Agent Carter, probably considered the second most influential one shot, for the same reason that Item 47 is the first. It focuses on Hayley Atwell as agent Peggy Carter and takes place after the events in Captain America: The First Avenger, showing the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and focusing on agent Carter, who now works for the reserve, and while alone in the office one night intercepts a call and manages to single-handedly retrieve an experimental serum. This is our first indication that perhaps Agent Carter’s gender isn’t doing her any favors in the 1940s, which holds true as Agent Carter evolves into a mid-season replacement for Agents of SHIELD, recently completing its second season of 13 episodes. We get cameos of Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan as well as Stark revealing his connection with the fledgeling SHIELD for the first time.
It’s a great one shot, if somewhat quick, and was obviously the genesis for the Agent Carter TV series, which is a period piece set in the 1940s as well, looking at the less serious side of the MCU in many ways. It has interesting connective tissue to the modern day MCU and is a fun little romp through the 40s as it stands.
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- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 11 – Avengers (Age of Ultron)
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 10 – Guardians of the Galaxy
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 09 – Captain America (Winter Soldier)
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 08 – Thor (The Dark World)
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 7.5 – All Hail the King
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 07 – Iron Man 3
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 6.5 – Item 47 and Agent Carter
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 06 – The Avengers
- Revisiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe Part 05 – Captain America (The First Avenger)