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Whilst the world continues to eat up all that Avengers: Infinity War has to offer, it may come as little surprise to you that Marvel and Disney have major plans for the future.
With that in mind, one of the least talked about aspects of the MCU may be making a comeback of sorts, presuming the House of Mouse gets what they want.
Between 2011 and 2014, Marvel Studios produced a series of mini-movies titled Marvel One-Shots which were included in home releases and round off little plotholes to a few elements of major Marvel movies, or just acted as fan-service.
The One-Shots premiered with The Consultant (with Thor), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (alongside Captain America), both 2011. These two shorts helped give Clark Gregg some room to expand on the Phil Coulson character and allowed him a chance to shine. 2012 saw The Avengers and its One-Shot companion, Item 47 which had co-producer Brad Winderbaum and writer Eric Pearson create a Bonnie and Clyde-esque tale of a couple who used a stolen Chitauri weapon to rob banks and escape from S.H.I.E.L.D., which proved so popular that Disney CEO Bob Iger actually greenlit the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.
The fourth One-Shot centred around Hayley Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter, following the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. With Steve Rogers frozen in time and Bucky Barnes being experimented on to eventually become the Winter Soldier, the studio looked to Captain America‘s other break-out star to fill the void. That One-Shot, much like the one that came before it, proved popular enough to warrant its own series, hence why we ended up with Agent Carter
“We’re just so busy. Disney wants us to do it, we want to do it, and I keep telling them, ‘I’ll do it on the next film’ but I keep breaking my promise.”
Included in the One-Shots series was the Mandarin follow-on, All Hail the King, starring Ben Kingsley’s ‘Trevor Slattery’ released alongside Thor: The Dark World. Slattery found himself in a prison with several followers and influence, bringing the whole ‘was he actually the Mandarin?’ debate back into contention.
Whilst All Hail the King was the last official One-Shot, Marvel did release a short film following Captain America: Civil War which saw Chris Hemsworth answer the question as to where Thor was during the movie.
The comedic short Team Thor, and its sequel Team Darryl shows that the God of Thunder was hanging out at an ex-roommate’s house during the whole Civil War thing, waiting for a message from either Tony Stark or Steve Rogers. Team Darryl showed what happened to Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster following the events of Thor: Ragnarok as he also moved into Thor’s ex-roommate’s house.
The One-Shots echo what Pixar has been doing for years; making a shorter, mostly canonically acceptable movie ahead of their main feature.
Perhaps, now that Infinity War has finally arrived, Marvel might have a bit more energy left to produce a few One-Shots. More Marvel is always a good thing, after all.