Marvel has kicked off a practice of expanding the cinematic Marvel Universe, ever so slightly, with two shorts featuring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. The first, The Consultant, appeared on the blu-ray disc for Thor, and the second, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, hits soon on the Captain America: The First Avenger blu-ray and DVD on October 25. If you hit the jump, however, you can watch the second short right now. Read More »

I know: a clip from a short isn’t the most satisfying thing in the world. But what the hell, it’s a slowish news day as the industry bogs down in the middle of TIFF and the end of the big fall festival season. This short, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer, which bridges Marvel Studios films Iron Man 2 and Thor, looks a bit more cheeky, too, than the previous one, The Consultant. It’s not quite where I’d like to see Marvel going with their shorts, but as a start I’ll accept the concept of providing not-quite-essential connective tissue between films. That’s a time-honored comic book fill-in story idea, anyway — sort of the comics version of TV’s ‘bottle episode’ concept.

So spend a few seconds with Clark Gregg as SHIELD Agent Coulson after the break, as he makes his way to New Mexico to find the hammer of Thor. Read More »