It’s been a long, satisfying 10 years to Avengers: Infinity War, but it wasn’t only the 18 films that helped shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the beginning, when Marvel Studios was still finding its footing, there were the Marvel One Shots.
The Marvel One-Shots were self-contained short films included on the Blu-ray and home video releases of the early Marvel films, up until Thor: The Dark World. They were fun little stories that let us revisit some fan-favorite characters — and provide a back-door pilot for a few ABC TV shows — but most importantly, they also helped expand the world of the MCU. But since “All Hail the King” was released in 2014, the Marvel One-Shots have gone silent. And from the looks of the jam-packed slate of the MCU, we may not get any more for the foreseeable future.
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Before there were five post-credits scenes behind each Marvel Cinematic Universe, there were the Marvel One-Shots.
Offered as special features on Blu-ray or DVD releases of Marvel films, Marvel One-Shots were fun little short films for fans who wanted more than just a 10-second teaser after the credits rolled. However, as the MCU expanded to TV and streaming, the fun, experimental One-Shots stopped — the last one came out in 2014 attached to the Thor: The Dark World release, called All Hail The King. But, hot off the buzz for the newest Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming, star Tom Holland hints that these one-shots may be returning.
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Between 2011 and 2014, Marvel Studios released five short films called Marvel One-Shots. Each short film told a side story that tied into part of the larger cinematic universe, featuring some of the films’ stars such as Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter and Ben Kinglsey as the faux Mandarin, a.k.a. Trevor Slattery. Each was released on home video packaged with one of the Marvel films, but after Thor: The Dark World, they stopped. However, in a new interview, Captain America: Civil War directing duo Anthony & Joe Russo hint at Marvel One-Shots returning, possibly in the form of original online content. Read More »