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Film: Marvel One-Shots

A series of shorts made by Marvel Studios as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The shorts have been included as bonus features with Blu-Ray and Digital Copy editions of a few MCU films, and have also been made available online.

They are as follows:
  • The Consultant included on Thor Blu-ray — Agent Coulson meets with Agent Sitwell over a problem with 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 Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray — Agent Coulson, on his way to Thor's hammer, makes a stop at a gas station, where he runs into some robbers.
  • Item 47 included on The Avengers Blu-ray — A couple in the aftermath of the New York invasion salvage a Chitauri gun, manage to get it working - and use it to rob banks, leaving Agent Sitwell and Agent Blake to go after them.
  • Agent Carter included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray — A year after Steve Rogers' disappearance, Peggy Carter embarks on a mission to find out the secrets behind "Zodiac". Followed by Agent Carter, a weekly TV series on ABC scheduled to debut during the 2014-2015 TV season.
  • All Hail The King included on the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray — Following from the events of Iron Man 3, 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:

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     The Consultant 
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Coulson and Sitwell.
  • All There in the Manual / Once More with Clarity: The scene with Tony Stark at the end of The Incredible Hulk gains some context thanks to The Consultant.
  • Bar Brawl: It's subtly implied this might have been the result of General Ross and Stark's argument.
  • Batman Gambit: 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. They send Tony Stark, in the hopes he'll piss Ross off and get him to refuse to release Blonsky. It works.
    • Combines with Exact Words, as they technically do ask for the Abomination.
  • Classified Information: 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 Marvel Universe) 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 Foreshadowing to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which gives the concept of Level 7 clearance a more proper introduction. By this time, both of them are at least Level 8.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The WSC have a big mention (and are a major part of the plot) in The Consultant before their main appearance in The Avengers
  • Get Out: According to Coulson, Ross's reaction (as predicted in the Batman Gambit) to Tony was to try to have him removed from the bar when he became too irritating.
  • Gilligan Cut: 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 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:: "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 calling the consultant."
      *cut to [a clip of] the The Stinger of The Incredible Hulk. Tony Stark - not Iron Man - was the consultant; hired as such at the end of Iron Man 2.
    • Then, from the end of that scene to this:
      Tony Stark: I hear you have an unusual problem.
      Ross: You should talk.
      Tony Stark: You should listen.
      *cut to Sitwell and Coulson at the restaurant again*
      Sitwell: So, how'd it go?
  • I Am the Noun: Inverted. Coulson tells Sitwell that his patsy act "is legendary. In fact, when I think of the word 'patsy'..."
  • Noodle Incident: 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sitwell says he does "a great patsy", and offers to do it so SHIELD can sabotage General Ross's meeting with Fury.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We don't get to see much of Tony and Ross's argument, since it's Stock Footage.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: In reaction to Ross's Get Out (see above), Tony buys the bar where they had been talking, and schedules it for demolition.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: 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.
  • Stealth Insult: Coulson's reaction to Sitwell's talk about his "patsy". The "stealth" part isn't very heavy, since Sitwell gives him a Preemptive "Shut Up".

     A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer 

     Item 47 
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: The short is about the 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.
  • Batman Gambit: 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.
  • Continuity Nod: Agent Blake accidentally calls Agent Sitwell "Coulson" due to a force of habit. Sitwell then comments that they all miss him since his death.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check / Boxed Crook: If the guy can get a piece of Chitauri hardware working, why not recruit him?
  • Deadly Euphemism: Blake's order to Sitwell that he should "neutralize" the couple. Ultimately subverted, though—see the Screw the Rules, I Make Them! entry.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Agents Blake and Sitwell.
  • False Reassurance:
    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, (whips out a knife) and to neutralize you.
    • Subverted because he instead hires them to SHIELD. The knife was to cut their bonds.
  • Fanservice: Thanks for the closeup of Lizzy Caplan's cleavage, Marvel.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Sitwell is ordered to kill the civilian couple, simply because they saw (and obtained) something they shouldn't. That said, given the revelations in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Sitwell and other SHIELD operatives are in fact working for HYDRA, whether this trope actually applies here is uncertain.
  • Heel-Face Turn: 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.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: 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.
  • Meaningful Name / Shout-Out: The couple who steal the Chitauri gun and rob banks with it are named Benny and Claire. Sound familiar?
  • Outlaw Couple: Benny and Claire.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. 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?
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them! / Exact Words: Sitwell is given the order by Blake to capture the Chitauri gun and neutralise the couple. 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.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: 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.
  • The Stinger: In which Claire is seen briefly rolling around in her chair at her office in SHIELD bored.
  • Super Weapon, Average Joe
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sitwell seemed to be one of Coulson after his "death" on The Avengers. It even gets noted when Agent Blake accidentally calls him Coulson.
  • The Unreveal: It isn't shown how Benny was able to make the Chitauri gun work. Making it also an Informed Ability.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Subverted. Blake tries to pull this off, but is stymied by the fact that his new assistant can't make coffee.

     Agent Carter 
  • Action Girl / One Woman Army: Peggy's no Captain America but she does excellently on a mission intended for 3-5 agents all by herself.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Peggy Carter.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Peggy's masterful performance in the Zodiac mission leads to her being invited to co-run SHIELD with Howard Stark.
  • Backdoor Pilot: Although not produced as such, response to the short was so strong that, coupled with the success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC eventually ordered an Agent Carter series as a spinoff to the short and as a prequel/spinoff for AoS.
  • Bad Boss / Jerkass: Agent Flynn, who's kept Peggy from going on missions in the three months that she's been there.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: 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.
  • Bigger Bad: "Zodiac" never appears, though he's responsible for the shipment of serum.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Peggy seems to have inherited some from Steve.
    Guard: You're not from around here, are you?
    Peggy: No, I live in Brooklyn, actually. (starts kicking the tar out of both goons)
  • The Cameo: Iron Man 3 director Shane Black as the mission debriefer on the phone. As well as Dominic Cooper reprising his role as Howard Stark at the end and Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan in The Stinger.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: It's the '40s, so respect for women isn't exactly common, especially not at Peggy's workplace.
  • Desk Jockey: What Peggy was reduced to after the events of The First Avenger.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: 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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Peggy. Agent Flynn even accuses their superiors of letting her still work for them because of this.
  • Improvised Weapon: Peggy uses her suitcase to beat up Zodiac's agents.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Peggy defeats seven mooks with her bare hands (and her briefcase) while dressed in a fashionable 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.
  • Military Maverick: Peggy decides to go after the mission even when she wasn't assigned to do so.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: 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...
  • Origin Story: The very beginning of an origin story for SHIELD, which Peggy is invited to help form along with Philips, Stark, and presumably the Howling Commandos.
  • Protagonist Title: Just like the series in development.
  • The Stinger: Howard Stark and Dum Dum Dugan are sitting next to each other as 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 Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Time Skip: The one-shot begins by showing Peggy and Steve's last conversation in Captain America: The First Avenger, then fast-forwards one year later to Peggy's current job.
  • The Unreveal: 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 she finds only a mysterious serum that is not elaborated on in the short itself.

     All Hail The King 
  • Adaptational Villainy: Jackson Norriss. Just your average reporter in the Marvel Comics Universe, now a member of the Ten Rings in the Cinematic Universe.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Justin Hammer now has a younger male companion, who says nothing and constantly strokes his shoulder. But Not Too Gay: Justin tells his boyfriend "Not here baby, not here"
  • Bad Ass: Jackson Norris and Herman, Trevor's butler & bodyguard. Even after Herman got shot he still charged his shooter and gave him a few good punches.
  • Badass Boast: Trevor: I'm an out of work actor, you've no idea what I'm capable of. And thanks to CBS I'm pretty good with a hand gun.
  • Black Best Friend: 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."
  • Bi the Way: Trevor candidly admits that he is bisexual, but only because there aren't any women in prison. This overlaps with But Not Too Bi and Anything That Moves. He further lampshades this during his interview by stating "we've all been to drama school haven't we?"
  • Blessed with Suck: Trevor is in prison, but at least he's now got a huge fanbase, including many of his fellow crooks.
  • The Cameo: Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer, who is also a prisoner at Seagate.
  • Continuity Nod: In his late Seventies pilot "Caged Heat", one of Trevor's co-stars was Priscilla Everhart - presumably the mother of Christine Everhart from the Iron Man series.
  • Critical Research Failure: 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.
  • Development Gag: Slattery's TV pilot was called Caged Heat, which was the fake Working Title for Iron Man 3.
  • The Ghost: The real Mandarin.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: With a gun to his head, Jackson Norris calmly states that Trevor isn't capable of shooting him. He was 100% correct
  • It's Personal: Jackson Norris is as upset that Trevor Slattery didn't research The Mandarin and The Ten Rings as he is that Trevor stole The Real Mandarin's title. He's also upset that Trevor is nonchalant and blase about the existence of the Ten Rings.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The short reveals the plot twist of Iron Man 3, specifically that The Mandarin that Ben Kingsley played is a fabricated role played by an actor.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Slattery is incarcerated at Seagate, the prison where Carl Lucas became Luke Cage.
    • Fletcher Heggs, aka The Knight — one of Iron Man's rogues appears as a prisoner who is a fan of Trevor.
  • Never My Fault: 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.
  • Prepare to Die: Trevor: It's not The Mandarin people will remember, it's my name they'll remember. They wanted a show, and I gave them a bloody good one. Jackson: You're right, and for that sin you'll suffer terribly with ten bullet holes for each ring of our faith.
  • Show Within a Show: The short reveals that Slattery was cast in a Magnum, P.I. rip-off back in the 80's called Caged Heat.
  • Stylistic Suck: 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.
  • Reality Ensues: Impersonating a terrorist organization that really exists? Yeah, obviously they're not going to be happy about you.
  • Take That: When Trevor's Bodyguard/butler says that Trevor should have agreed to let 60 Minutes interview him, Trevor bluntly states that he'll never work with CBS again. We find out it's because they rejected the show CAGED HEAT that he was going to star in. Seeing as how Marvel is owned by Disney which also owns ABC this was basically giving CBS the finger.
  • Reality Subtext: At the Broken Base that is arguing over the Mandarin's reveal. Trevor mentions he's seen the internet boards, which are "vicious" about this discovery.
  • The Stinger: 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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.
  • Two Words: Obvious Trope: 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."
  • Wham Episode: 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.
  • Wham Line:
    Jackson: There's somebody who wants to meet you.
    Trevor: Do I know him?
    Jackson: No, but you took his name and now he wants it back.

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