A series of shorts made by Marvel Studios as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each short is available on the Blu-Ray for the film they're released with and can be easily found online. The success of these shorts guaranteed more of them to come with every future MCU film, at least until 2014.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 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 Iron Man 3 Blu-ray — A year after Steve Rogers' disappearance, Peggy Carter embarks on a mission to find out the secrets behind "Zodiac".
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.
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.
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-"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / 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.