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 one.note  The following shorts rely more heavily on original footage, display special effects, and boast more interesting plotlines. Marvel even used the one about Peggy Carter to test the character and see if it was received well enough to make the jump to her own show.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Item 47's goofy, funny Those Two Guys vibe becomes neither so goofy nor so funny after later revelations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about Those Two Guys:
    • 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.
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s reveal that after Agent Blake got his spine crushed by Deathlok, he started using scavenged SHIELD technology to form an ultranationalist militia dedicated to hunting down and killing Inhumans.
    • Also, the closing credits for Item 47 show a montage of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Benny and Claire's help building a reverse-engineered Chitauri gun. Then The Winter Soldier reveals the truth about S.H.I.E.L.D. and then Avengers: Age of Ultron opens with HYDRA using energy guns based on Chitauri tech.
  • 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, specifically, those who thought The Reveal about the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 didn't ruin everything. 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. Word of God actually denies this, saying that the idea for the short and knowledge about there being a real Mandarin who commanded the terrorist group from the first movie were already in place during production of Iron Man 3, they weren't invented as a response to fan backlash.
  • 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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, especially with no further Iron Man films in development.
  • 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, which is less than an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.