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 Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer
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.
- Badass: 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.
[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.
- 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.
- Shoe Phone: Norriss gets a pistol into the prison by hiding it inside his video camera.
- Take That: When Trevor's Bodyguard/butler says that Trevor should have agreed to let 60Minutes 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.
- 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.