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 and Aldrich Killian did to his image.
  • Broken Base: Some fans were displeased by the reveal that All Hail the King would star Trevor Slattery. However, the short reveals that Trev's earned the ire of the real Mandarin, who evidently very much exists, which has been a very pleasant surprise indeed for some 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents conversing at a table. It's clear the budget wasn't high on this onenote . The following shorts rely more heavily on original footage, display special effects, and boast more interesting plotlines. Now Marvel uses them to test out side characters and seeing if they're received well enough to make the jump to their own show or film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Item 47 with Captain America: The Winter Soldier's revelation that Sitwell was a HYDRA agent all along. The implications become that Sitwell hired the two for something much more nefarious than it first seemed. In addition, Sitwell's legendary patsy act referenced in The Consultant. So good it fooled Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the entire audience into believing he was a loyal fellow agent rather than a HYDRA mole.
  • 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.
  • Pandering to the Base: All Hail The King gets this criticism from some. Said viewers were OK with that reveal, and felt that adding this extra detail which probably won't get any further development (see below) was just catering to an unnecessarily-incensed fanbase.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A common lament about Item 47 is that Agent Coulson isn't in it. He hasn't appeared in any subsequent shorts, but his starring role in Agents Of SHIELD has since sated this complaint.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One common complaint about All Hail The King from those who liked The Reveal is that the true Mandarin and his vengeance for Trevor's mockery of him possibly won't receive any followup.
  • 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.