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YMMV: Marvel One-Shots
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • According to Marvel producer Kevin Feige, The Consultant was filmed because The Stinger from The Incredible Hulk was a loose end that was causing problems with the plot of The Avengers. Unlike the other film's stingers, this one had never gained any context.
    • All Hail the King reveals that there is an actual Mandarin who runs the Ten Rings organization that kidnapped Tony in the first Iron Man movie, and he is very displeased with what Trevor Slattery did to his image.
  • Broken Base: Some fans were displeased by the reveal that All Hail the King would star Trevor Slattery. Though the fact the short reveals that Trev's earned the ire of the real Mandarin (who apparently very much exists) has been a very pleasant surprise indeed for some detractors.
    • The retcon itself is this for some people, as many liked the Mandarin twist and thought Marvel should just let this one lie with no plans for an Iron Man 4. They also thought that it reflects poorly on Marvel as All Hail the King came off as a middle finger to Shane Black and felt like a thin-skinned move to appease the detractors.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sitwell has built up a bit of fanbase thanks to Item 47, along with Agent Blake who is popular just because he's played by Titus Welliver.
  • Growing the Beard: The first short comprises of nothing more than a clip from The Incredible Hulk bookended by clips of SHIELD agents conversing at a table. The following shorts rely more heavily on original footage, and boast more interesting plotlines.
    • And now Marvel's thinking about using them to test new characters and seeing if they're received well enough to make the jump to the movies.
  • Ho Yay: Justin Hammer at the end of All Hail The King seems to have a prison butt buddy that follows his every move and order without a word. His talk about Tony Stark and his jealousy of him also questions his orientation.
  • Memetic Badass: Coulson as proven by A Funny Thing Happened..
  • One-Scene Wonder: Herman in All Hail The King, who is Trevor's loyal Black Best Friend and manages to fight off Jackson for more than ten seconds before getting killed by him.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A common lament about Item 47 is that Agent Coulson isn't in it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The Chitauri Gun effects in Item 47 are on par with The Avengers. The budget for that short was less than half a million dollars.

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