Marvel have released some great short films in the form of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Thor’s Hammer and The Consultant, found on the Captain America and Thor Blu Rays, respectively. Called One-Shots, they serve to expand on scenes, or bridge the gap between films.
And with Marvel’s biggest film, The Avengers, getting it’s own hi-def release soon, it’s only fair that it gets the biggest One-Shot yet.
Titled Item 47, it’s a Bonny and Clyde story spinning out of the aftermath of Manhattan island after the Avengers Hulk-smashed those pesky Chitauri to mush. Entertainment Weekly scored this description of it:
Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) and Jesse Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers) star as a down-on-their-luck couple who find one of the discarded alien guns from the finale to The Avengers — and proceed to make some incredibly bad decisions.
This is the longest, most elaborate of the Marvel shorts so far, and could be a first step toward using short-subject films to dive deeper into the Marvel universe and introduce beloved but less-familiar superheroes to the mainstream.
Item 47 refers to the gun itself, which S.H.I.E.L.D. would like very much to retrieve from the hapless young troublemakers. “The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy,” explains Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, who directed the film himself. “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.”
Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández, returning from Thor and The Avengers, and Lost’s Man in Black Titus Welliver, making his Marvel debut) are given the job of cleaning up the mess and stopping this modern Bonnie and Clyde (not coincidentally named Benny and Claire.)
Being a fan of not only all the previous One-Shots, but also of the sublime Lizzy Caplan and the always dependable Titus Welliver, I really cannot wait to check this one out. The increased scope sounds pretty epic, and I this is all just complete fanboy wishful thinking on my part, but the idea that they could potentially introduce a few more street level superheroes this way makes me all happy in my pants.
September 25th, the release date for The Avengers Blu Ray, just can’t come soon enough now.
Last Updated: July 4, 2012