Marvel’s ‘Item 47’

Marvel’s latest short film, or “one shot” in the parlance of comics, will star Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a down-on-their-luck couple who find one of the discarded alien guns from The Avengers finale. Bad decisions and repercussions transpire.

Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández, returning from Thor and The Avengers, and Titus Welliver (Lost, Deadwood, etc.), making his Marvel debut) are given the job of cleaning up the mess and stopping this modern day Bonnie and Clyde.

The previous Marvel one shots starred Agent Coulson and clocked in around four minutes in length. This one will be roughly 12-minutes and included on The Avengers’ DVD. Further, Marvel is wrestling with the idea of using these shorts as a way to bridge various movies and introduce new characters — hello Ant Man, Wasp, Black Panther, etc.

I actually if Marvel could use the one shots in that capacity to build excitement and buzz for certain characters and at the same time put them into the Marvel movie universe the potential would be off the charts. Imagine getting a rebooted Daredevil one shot, or a Guardians of the Galaxy one shot, etc. They would essentially be extended trailers for upcoming movies.

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