Watch Marvel’s ‘The Road To The Avengers’

Have all the posters, set photos, videos, interviews, rumors and teaser trailers not gotten you properly excited for The Avengers? No? Then this special feature that’ll be on the Thor Blu-ray come September 13 called The Road to The Avengers should do the trick. This isn’t the stuff Marvel showed at the D23 Expo so there’s no new footage, but it serves the same purpose: To get you psyched for May 4, 2012. It does so by blending the unveiling at Comic-Con 2010 (above) with interviews, footage from the previous films and even some comic books thrown in. Prepare to get goosebumps. Read More »

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We’ve been hearing rumblings for a while now that Marvel would begin releasing live-action short films with their feature films, to introduce, test out, and tease possible future Marvel story-lines and characters. The idea is to use the short films as a development testing ground kind of like what Pixar has done with their computer animated short films. Originally we heard that these short films would be included with Marvel’s theatrical feature film releases, but it appears these “Marve; One Shot” shorts will be getting packaged as DVD/Blu-ray extras on the home video releases instead (which makes sense, as they provides extra value and might sell a bunch of extra copies).

The first short film will be released on the Thor Blu-ray/DVD — Its titled The Consultant and features Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Coulson. Marvel claims that the two “Marvel One-Shots” which have been completed both star Gregg as Phil Coulson, “offering up two self-contained stories about the day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.” It seems like the first set of One-Shots are more of an expansion of the Marvel cinematic universe than an addition, filling some of the holes left behind in the feature film chronology so far. Watch a clip embedded after the jump.

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