Been to see Captain America yet? If so, did you stick around for the post-credits Avengers teaser? Of course you did. It was over in a flash, and if you blinked, you missed it, but it was enough to send comic book geeks running out of the auditorium in a hot flush. Marvel Studios has tapped into something magnificent with their shared cinematic universe, and while the road to The Avengers will be long and tiresome, at least we won’t be bored.
A while back, we reported on the short films that the company will be releasing on the impending Blu-Ray editions of Thor and Captain America. All we knew was that Clark Gregg would be reprising his role as the acerbic Agent Coulson, and that they would act as connective tissue for the movies; helping to tie the plots together and introduce new characters. While there’s still no word on the cast, Marvel has released a brief clip from their first One Shot short, dubbed “The Consultant.” If you’ve seen The Incredible Hulk, you’ll know how this fits into the unfolding plot, with a reference to Tony Stark that suggests an appearance from ‘ol Shellhead.
There’s already details on the next short, too, entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer”, which takes place during Iron Man 2, and focuses on Coulson’s discovery of the mighty Mjolnir. I can’t wait to see that.
Thor hits Blu-Ray next month, so we won’t be waiting too long to see the first full 20-minute short. 2012 is going to be a good year.