Who could ever forget ‘Item 47,’ ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer,’ ‘Agent Carter,’ or ‘All Hail the King’? These amazing direct-to-video short films set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) remain canon within the franchise even though it’s been about 4 years since the last iteration.
They showed producers and studio executives that both Phil Coulson and Peggy Carter had the wherewithal to lead their own self-contained story. They provided followup for Iron Man villains Trevor Slattery and Justin Hammer. They confirmed the existence of an actual Mandarin within the MCU. They teased the possibility of The Abomination joining The Avengers Initiative.
With Marvel Studios changing course with their film and television slate, exploring new platforms such as network and cable television(ABC, Freeform) as well as streaming services (Hulu, Netflix), the One-Shots have sort of been swept under the rug.
Well, as hinted by one of the screenwriters for ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ they may be making a comeback. During a conversation with CinemaBlend., Eric Pearson shed some light on the reason the One-Shots disappeared as well as hint to their return.
“I think probably the drop in Blu-ray sales has hurt the One-Shots program – though I’ve heard whispers of it starting up again. I can’t confirm that at all, but I’ve definitely heard whispers of it. And I have a whole folder full of other One-Shots that I just came up with. And I was like, ‘Oh, this will be a fun eight to 12 pages!'”
While it make sense that less people are buying physical DVDs and Blu-rays, their remains an audience that still enjoys collecting those items (this writer included). It could be a fun way to try and test new characters as well as provide a low-stakes environment in which characters from film and television can interact.
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Source – CinemaBlend