[[caption-width-right:300:[[SarcasmMode Yeah, no one's gonna pick up that gun.]]]]

A series of shorts made by [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Studios]] as part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. To date, the shorts have been included as bonus features with many (but not all) Blu-ray editions of MCU films and have also been made available online.

They are as follows:
* '''''The Consultant''''' included on ''Film/{{Thor}}'' Blu-ray -- Agent Coulson meets with Agent Sitwell over a problem with [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk General Ross and the Abomination]] and are left with one person to call, The Consultant.
* '''''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer''''' included on ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' Blu-ray -- Agent Coulson, on his way to Film/{{Thor}}'s hammer, makes a stop at a gas station, where he runs into some robbers.
* '''''Item 47''''' included on ''Film/TheAvengers'' Blu-ray -- A couple in the aftermath of the New York invasion steal a working Chitauri gun and use it to rob banks, leaving Agent Sitwell and Agent Blake to go after them.
* '''''Agent Carter''''' included on the ''Film/IronMan3'' Blu-ray -- A year after Steve Rogers' disappearance, Peggy Carter embarks on a mission to find out the secrets behind "Zodiac". Followed by ''Series/AgentCarter'', a weekly TV series on ABC scheduled to debut during the 2014-2015 TV season.
* '''''All Hail The King''''' included on the ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' Blu-ray -- Following from the events of ''Film/IronMan3'', Trevor Slattery celebrates his newfound infamy as "the Mandarin" in prison, failing to realise the real life consequences of his actions.
!!Tropes applying to each short:

[[folder: The Consultant]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Coulson and Sitwell.
* AllThereInTheManual / OnceMoreWithClarity: The scene with [[spoiler:Tony Stark]] at the end of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' gains some context thanks to ''The Consultant''.
* BarBrawl: It's subtly implied this might have been the result of General Ross and [[spoiler: Stark's]] argument.
* BatmanGambit: The short has Agents Coulson and Sitwell get out of the WSC's request that the Abomination be placed on the Avengers instead of the Hulk by having General Ross refuse the request. [[spoiler:They send [[{{Troll}} Tony Stark]], in the hopes he'll piss Ross off and get him to refuse to release Blonsky]]. It works.
** Combines with ExactWords, as they technically do ask for the Abomination.
* ClassifiedInformation: Coulson asks Sitwell about his clearance level and as a result he's either he's high enough (the lower range of "Top Secret" in the MarvelUniverse) or he didn't think it was important, since he tells him the information he needed to anyway.
-->'''Sitwell''': It's Level 6. Like you. ... Come on, there's a Level 7?
** Sitwell's crack about a "Level 7" could be [[spoiler:{{Foreshadowing}} to ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', which gives the concept of Level 7 clearance a more proper introduction. By this time, both of them are at least Level 8.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: The WSC have a big mention (and are a major part of the plot) in ''The Consultant'' before their main appearance in ''Film/TheAvengers''
* GetOut: According to Coulson, Ross's reaction (as predicted in the BatmanGambit) to [[spoiler:Tony]] was to try to have him removed from the bar when he became too irritating.
* GilliganCut: Two.
** From the first talk between Coulson and Sitwell about the situation... to the below.
--->'''Agent Coulson:''' "You know, I'm thinking for this we need a slightly different skillset [than a patsy]. If we want the General to refuse this request, then we [[TheComicallySerious have to send someone that will truly annoy him]]. Someone arrogant and abrasive, with an utter disdain for authority, someone who will offend the general to his very core-"
--->'''Sitwell''': "You're talking about the consu-"
--->'''Agent Coulson:''': "[[OhCrap No I'm not]].
--->'''Sitwell''': "You just described him to a T."
--->'''Agent Coulson:''' "I'm telling you right now, stop it. I am not [[TemptingFate calling the consultant.]]"
--->*cut to [[spoiler:[a clip of] the TheStinger]] of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. [[spoiler:Tony Stark - [[ExactWords not Iron Man]] - was the consultant; hired as such at the end of the second ''Film/IronMan''.]]
** Then, from the end of that scene to this:
--->'''[[spoiler:Tony Stark]]''': I hear you have an ''unusual'' problem.
--->'''Ross''': You should talk.
--->'''[[spoiler:Tony Stark]]''': ''You should listen.''
--->*cut to Sitwell and Coulson at the restaurant again*
--->'''Sitwell''': So, how'd it go?
--->'''Coulson''': [[BatmanGambit Mission]] [[MissionAccomplished accomplished]].
* IAmTheNoun: Inverted. Coulson tells Sitwell that his patsy act "is legendary. [[StealthInsult In fact, when I think of the word 'patsy'..."]]
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:What exactly went down between Ross and Tony that enraged the former so much is never even discussed. Only the result of the sabotaged negotiation is discussed.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sitwell says he does "a great patsy", and offers to do it so SHIELD can sabotage General Ross's meeting with Fury.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:We don't get to see much of Tony and Ross's argument, since it's StockFootage.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In reaction to Ross's GetOut (see above), [[spoiler:Tony buys the bar where they had been talking, and schedules it for demolition]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: After being informed of the World Security Council's decision to put the Abomination on the Avengers, Sitwell and Coulson start plotting a way to stop this.
* StealthInsult: Coulson's reaction to Sitwell's talk about his "patsy". The "stealth" part isn't very heavy, since Sitwell gives him a PreemptiveShutUp.

[[folder: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Coulson.
* {{Badass}}: Coulson if his actions in this short are anything to go by.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: "Tell them those Tae Bo tapes really paid off."
* CurbStompBattle: One [[{{Badass}} S.H.I.E.L.D.]] [[TheMenInBlack agent]] vs. [[{{Mooks}} two armed robbers]]. It ends very quickly
* [[DonutMessWithACop Donut Mess with a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent]]: The reason Coulson goes into the store is to buy donuts, and can't choose which one he wants. So he buys them both.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Averted when Coulson warns the two crooks that [[JugglingLoadedGuns throwing his gun]] might cause it to go off, and he recommends sliding it over instead. Played straight when one of the crooks accidentally shoots himself in the foot, due to Coulson kicking the barrel down.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Flour; it's not just for baking any more.
* MythologyGag: Agent Coulson gets gas from Roxxon Oil.
* {{Troll}}: Coulson gleefully trolls the two robbers, perfectly aware that they are no threat to [[{{Badass}} him]].
-->'''Coulson:''' Excuse me, but I also have this gun.
* WithMyHandsTied: [[spoiler:Rather than use his pistol against ''two robbers with shotguns'', he kindly slides it over to them before defeating them with a sack of flour and martial arts skills]].

[[folder: Item 47]]
* AscendedFridgeHorror: The short is about the [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse implications]] of leaving a technologically advanced alien army lying dead in New York.
* {{Badass}}: Sitwell during his attempt to capture Benny. Not many can capture two robbers singlehandedly when one of them's carrying an alien {{BFG}}.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Sitwell moves into the hotel room next to Benny and Claire's and plays loud music in an attempt to make them come to him complaining about the noise. Benny falls for the bait, but during the struggle, he kicks over the stereo, shutting it off, and starts yelling for Claire to help him.]]
* ContinuityNod: Agent Blake accidentally [[spoiler:calls Agent Sitwell "Coulson" due to a force of habit. Sitwell then comments that they all miss him [[Film/TheAvengers since his death]].]]
* [[spoiler:CutLexLuthorACheck / BoxedCrook: If the guy can get a piece of Chitauri hardware working, why not recruit him?]]
* DeadlyEuphemism: Blake's order to Sitwell that he should "neutralize" the couple. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, though--see the ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem entry.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Agents Blake and Sitwell.
* FalseReassurance:
-->'''Claire''': We can't go to jail!
-->'''Sitwell''': Who said anything about jail? (''Benny and Claire breath a sign of relief.'') I was sent here to retrieve the weapon, ([[spoiler:''whips out a knife'']]) [[DeadlyEuphemism and to neutralize you.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted because he instead hires them to SHIELD. The knife was to cut their bonds.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Thanks for the closeup of Creator/LizzyCaplan's cleavage, Marvel.
* GoodIsNotNice: Sitwell is ordered to kill the civilian couple, simply because they saw (and obtained) something they shouldn't. That said, given the revelations in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and CaptainAmericatheWinterSoldier that [[spoiler: Sitwell and other SHIELD operatives are in fact working for HYDRA, whether this trope actually applies here is uncertain.]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: At the end Benny and Claire end up joining SHIELD. Benny is assigned to the R&D 'think-tank' to reverse engineer the Chitauri tech and Claire is Agent Blake's new assistant.]]
* InterruptedIntimacy: The news that the couple finally has enough money to do whatever they want now is enough news for the two to get playful... except that extremely loud music starts blaring through the walls.
* MeaningfulName / ShoutOut: The couple who steal the Chitauri gun and rob banks with it are named Benny and Claire. [[Film/BonnieAndClyde Sound familiar?]]
* OutlawCouple: Benny and Claire.
* PetTheDog: The surveillance footage of Benny and Claire's bank robberies clearly show them pausing to comfort bystanders, thus indicating they are not (entirely) bad people.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted. [[spoiler:Blueprints of newer and newer reverse-engineered versions of the Chitauri weapon are shown over the credits, eventually ending with a wholly Earth-made gun with SHIELD branding mounted to the top of a Hummer. So we'll see more energy weapons in future SHIELD appearances, yes?]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem / ExactWords: Sitwell is given the order by Blake to capture the Chitauri gun and neutralise the couple. [[spoiler:He of course collects the gun but neutralises the two by giving them jobs at SHIELD when he finds out Benny made the gun work.]]
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Blake and Sitwell have a brief one at the start when Sitwell says he's been investigating the robberies while Blake has been collecting the footage of it.
* TheStinger: In which Claire is seen briefly [[spoiler: rolling around in her chair at her office in SHIELD bored.]]
* SuperWeaponAverageJoe
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Sitwell seemed to be one of Coulson [[spoiler:after his "death" on ''The Avengers'']]. It even gets noted when Agent Blake accidentally calls him Coulson.
* TheUnreveal: It isn't shown how Benny was able to make the Chitauri gun work. Making it also an InformedAbility.
* YouGetMeCoffee: Subverted. Blake ''tries'' to pull this off, but is stymied by the fact that his new assistant can't make coffee.

[[folder: Agent Carter]]
* ActionGirl / OneWomanArmy: [[BadassNormal Peggy's no Captain America]] but she does excellently on a mission intended for 3-5 agents all by herself.
* ADayInTheLimelight: For Peggy Carter.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Peggy's masterful performance in the Zodiac mission leds to [[spoiler:her being invited to co-run SHIELD with Howard Stark.]]
* BackdoorPilot: Although not produced as such, response to the short was so strong that, coupled with the success of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', ABC eventually ordered an ''Series/AgentCarter'' series as a spinoff to the short and as a prequel/spinoff for AoS.
* BadBoss / {{Jerkass}}: Agent Flynn, who's kept Peggy from going on missions in the three months that she's been there.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: As the office closes up for the night, Agent Flynn tells Peggy that he and the others are going to go out for a drink. For a moment it sounds as though he's going to invite her to come along with them, but then it turns out he's actually asking for her to clean up the office.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:"Zodiac" never appears, though he's responsible for the shipment of serum.]]
* TheCameo: ''Film/IronMan3'' director Shane Black as the mission debriefer on the phone. [[spoiler: As well as Dominic Cooper reprising his role as Howard Stark at the end and Neal [=McDonough=] as Dum Dum Dugan in TheStinger.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: It's the '[=40s=], so respect for women isn't exactly common, especially not at Peggy's workplace.
* DeskJockey: What Peggy was reduced to after the events of ''The First Avenger''.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: A pre-headphones variant, but still the same idea; the desk guard of the Zodiac hideout doesn't overhear Peggy beating the snot out of two other flunkies because he's got the radio turned up.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Peggy. Agent Flynn even accuses their superiors of letting her still work for them because of this.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Peggy defeats seven mooks with her bare hands (and her briefcase) while dressed in a fashionable [[TheForties 1940s professional skirt, high heels, and jacket]]. She even stops to check her makeup in the middle of battle!
* MacGuffin: The briefcase full of serum.
* MilitaryMaverick: Peggy decides to go after the mission even when she wasn't assigned to do so.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Agent Flynn tells Peggy that the only reason she has a job is because everyone feels sorry for Captain America's bereft girlfriend. Considering Peggy was a badass long before Steve's procedure...
* OriginStory: The very beginning of an origin story for [[spoiler: SHIELD, which Peggy is invited to help form along with Philips, Stark, and presumably the Howling Commandos.]]
* ProtagonistTitle: Just like the [[Series/AgentCarter series]] in development.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan are sitting next to each other as [[DistractedByTheSexy Dugan looks confusingly towards two women wearing bikinis]], which Stark has to explain to him about as he's never heard of them before.]]
** A second one also occurs at the very end in text.
--> Steve Rogers will return in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
* TheUnreveal: The organization Peggy works for is hot on the tail of "Zodiac," an enigmatic person or persons (possibly both) that has eluded even their best groups of agents. As Peggy closes in on their operation, she seems to have cornered them - however, upon following information on Zodiac's location [[spoiler: she finds only a [[McGuffin mysterious serum]] that is not elaborated on in the short itself.]]
** SavedForTheSequel: Presumably this will be further elaborated on in the series.

[[folder: All Hail The King]]
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Jackson Norriss. Just your average reporter in the Marvel Comics Universe, now a member of the Ten Rings in the Cinematic Universe.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: [[spoiler:Justin Hammer]] now has a younger male companion, who says nothing and constantly strokes his shoulder.
* BlackBestFriend: Fellow inmate Herman, who protects Trevor and gets him the best food. Trevor doesn't seem to think as highly of him though, referring to him once as "my butler."
* BlessedWithSuck: Trevor is in prison, but at least he's now got a huge fanbase, including many of his fellow crooks.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Creator/SamRockwell as [[Film/IronMan2 Justin Hammer]], who is also a prisoner at Seagate.]]
* ContinuityNod: In his late Seventies pilot "Caged Heat", one of Trevor's co-stars was Priscilla Everhart - presumably the mother of Christine Everhart from the ''Film/IronMan'' series.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe; Trevor's research of the Ten Rings and the Mandarin, which have a history spanning nearly a thousand years, consisted of a brief Google search.
* DevelopmentGag: Slattery's TV pilot was called ''Caged Heat'', which was the fake WorkingTitle for ''Film/IronMan3''.
* TheGhost: [[spoiler: The real Mandarin.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The short reveals the plot twist of ''Iron Man 3'', specifically that The Mandarin that Creator/BenKingsley played is a fabricated role played by an actor.
* MythologyGag:
** Slattery is incarcerated at Seagate, the prison where Carl Lucas became LukeCage.
** Fletcher Heggs, aka The Knight -- one of ComicBook/IronMan's rogues appears as a prisoner who is a fan of Trevor.
* NeverMyFault: Norriss notes that Trevor never blames himself for his many failures, but always other people. Trevor insists this is because he's just an actor whose only responsibility is to act.
* ShowWithinAShow: The short reveals that Slattery was cast in a ''Series/MagnumPI'' rip-off back in the 80's called ''Caged Heat''.
* StylisticSuck: What little of we see of ''Caged Heat'' suggests that it was terrible, however, Trevor insists the network didn't pick it up because it was too sophisticated for them.
* RealityEnsues: Impersonating a terrorist organization that really exists? Yeah, obviously they're not going to be happy about you.
* TakeThat / RealitySubtext: At the BrokenBase that is arguing over the Mandarin's reveal. Trevor mentions he's seen the internet boards, which are "vicious" about this discovery.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: Justin Hammer, a prisoner at Seagate criticising Trevor over his apparent fame as well as commenting on his relationship with Tony Stark with a fellow prisoner.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Trevor has Jackson Norriss at gunpoint, and despite already having witnessed Norriss' incredible combat capabilities, he hesitates pulling the trigger long enough for Norriss to take the gun from him.]]
* TwoWordsObviousTrope: When asked how he didn't know anything about the public fear of his persona, Trevor holds up three fingers and says: "Three little words: Lovely. Drugs."
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Jackson Norriss is not a documentary filmmaker, but actually a member of the real Ten Rings. He is breaking Trevor out of Seagate to meet the real Mandarin, who intends to kill him.]]
* WhamLine:
-->[[spoiler:'''Jackson:''']] There's somebody who wants to meet you.\\
'''Trevor:''' Do I know him?\\
[[spoiler:'''Jackson:''' No, but you took his name and now he wants it back.]]