One of the more interesting developments from Marvel Studios over the last year or so were Marvel One-Shots, short films starring S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) on his off-hours between the events of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and between Iron Man 2 and Thor. But with Coulson… indisposed (for now, anyway), we wondered if the tradition was going to continue. Today we wonder no more: the latest short film from Marvel Studios, Item 47, will screen at Comic Con 2012 and will be released The Avengers' Blu-ray… and it sounds like the biggest one yet.
Entertainment Weekly announced that Item 47 stars Lizzy Caplan ('True Blood,' 'Party Down') and Jesse Bradford ('The West Wing') as a couple whose troubles seem over after they stumble across a Chitauri weapon left over from the climax of The Avengers. Together they go on a crime spree, and it's up to S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Maximiliano Hernandez (Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant) and Titus Welliver ('Lost') to stop them. The title refers to the weapon the anti-heroes discover and use to rob banks. The short is 12-minutes long – three times the length of Marvel's previous short films – and was directed by Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito.
It's long been rumored that Marvel could use these short films to introduce existing comic book characters to the studio's canon, but D'Esposito was quick to point out the practical problems with that approach. “Let’s say we wanted to introduce Ant-Man [in a short], and that would mean we have to cast him prior to having a filmmaker. That’s difficult and something we wouldn’t want to do."
Not wanting to step on a filmmaker's toes by making creative decisions before they're brought on board sounds like a reasonable idea. But it's one that could be solved by approaching notable filmmakers to pitch Marve One-Shots and attract notable talent beforehand. If, I dunno, someone like Craig Brewer wanted to put together a Daughters of the Dragon short as a back-end pilot to a potential feature film, would that really be such a problem?
CraveOnline will be back with more Marvel Studios news after we finish our pitch for Livewires. (Seriously, Marvel? Do Livewires.)