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 that debuted on ABC in 2015.
- 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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- 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.
- 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?
- 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."
- 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?Coulson: Mission accomplished.
- From the first talk between Coulson and Sitwell about the situation... to the below.
- Horrible Judge of Character: The World Security Council thinks of Blonsky as a war hero and pins the blame on Banner for the Harlem incident.
- I Am the Noun: Inverted. Coulson tells Sitwell that his patsy act "is legendary. In fact, when I think of the word 'patsy'..."
- Idiot Ball: The whole reason they're even in this situation is that the World Security Council wants Emil Blonsky in the Avengers roster, considering him a war hero who's been wrongly accused and pinning the blame on Banner. Everyone in SHIELD from Fury on down opposes.
- 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".
- Too Dumb to Live: The World Security Council thinks Emil Blonsky would be a good addition to the Avengers roster.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
- A Day in the Limelight: For Coulson.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: "Tell them those Tae Bo tapes really paid off."
- Curb-Stomp Battle: One S.H.I.E.L.D. agent vs. two armed robbers. It ends very quickly
- 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.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Averted when Coulson warns the two crooks that 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.
- Improbable Weapon User: Flour; it's not just for baking any more.
- Mythology Gag: Agent Coulson gets gas from Roxxon Oil.
- Troll: Coulson gleefully trolls the two robbers, perfectly aware that they are no threat to him.Coulson: Excuse me, but I also have this gun.
- With My Hands Tied: 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.
- Ascended Fridge Horror: The short is about the implications of leaving a technologically advanced alien army lying dead in New York.
- 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!: 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.
See Agent Carter
All Hail The King
- Adaptational Villainy: Jackson Norris. 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. To be fair, such behaviour isn't uncommon in prison.
- But Not Too Gay: Justin tells his boyfriend "Not here baby, not here"
- Badass BoastTrevor: 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.
[Jackson quickly disarms him.]
- 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.
- The Ghost: The real Mandarin.
- 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:
- 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 DieTrevor: 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.
- Shoe Phone/Scaramanga Special: Norriss gets a pistol into the prison by hiding it inside his video camera. The gun is assembled by the camera out of several separate parts, then pops out of the tape deck.
- 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 their way of giving CBS the finger.
- 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: I Can't Count: 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.