Marvel’s ‘Item 47′ Clip: To Thieve or Not to Thieve, That is the Question

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am,

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has some big things on the horizon – Iron Man 3, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly Ant-Man - but to tide fans over until those feature films arrive at a theater near you between 2013 – 2014, we will also be getting some new Marvel “One-Shot” short films, a la The Consultant  and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer - the “Phase One” shorts featuring Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

The newest short – entitled Item 47 - tells the story of what happens when a couple – played by Mean Girls star Lizzy Caplan and Flags of Our Fathers star Jesse Bradford – who discover one of the otherworldly weapons left behind by the Chitauri (the alien hordes in Avengers) after they attacked NYC.

The clip shows Claire (Caplan) and Benny (Bradford) sitting in a car – presumably somewhere in NYC – debating the course of action they are about to embark upon. If you are not yet aware, that course involves using the Chitauri weapon – which Benny has apparently had a hand in unlocking – to commit a string of brazen crimes – that is, until S.H.I.E.L.D. comes calling. Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Thor’s Maximiliano Hernández and Lost’s Titus Welliver) are the ones handed the task of stopping Benny and Claire (like “Bonny and Clyde,” get it?).

 Marvels Item 47 Clip: To Thieve or Not to Thieve, That is the Question

These Marvel One-Shot shorts have been almost universally lauded as a fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while the “Phase One” shorts did the job of keeping fans connected with one of their favorite characters (Coulson), this “Phase Two” short seems to be doing the work of actually expanding the scope of the universe while simultaneously grounding things in a more realistic world, by giving us relatable human characters to interact with all the superhero fantasy elements.

Marvel has done something similar in their comic books in recent years, with reoccurring installments of titles like Frontline, Embedded and (to lesser extent) Home Front being employed during various Marvel crossover events  - “World War Hulk,” “Civil War,” “Secret Invasion,” “Seige,” and “Fear Itself” – in order to provide a more grounded (usually journalistic) perspective on all the superhero craziness taking place. While those titles have been of varying quality, it’s good to see that Marvel Studios is investing legitimate effort (and budget) into making their one-shots as effective and enjoyable as possible.

Item 47 will be included as part of The Avengers Blu-ray, which hits store shelves on September 25th, 2012.

Source: Marvel

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  1. I don’t see anything on this article…

  2. Ghost article. OOooOOOOooooOo!

  3. If marvel wasnt stupid, they would release these short films on the regular DVD’s too

    • I 2nd that motion.

      I’m tired of Blu Ray getting all the good extras and people who still actually buy DVDs getting short changed.

      I’m not condoning it, but you can see why people Pirate films off the net, you get naff all for your money when buying the DVD these days.

  4. Ok, its not just me. There is no clip.

  5. It’s definitely there now

  6. The one shots have also served as a bridge between films, like the consultant connecting Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and A funny thing happened on the way to thor’s hammer connects mid Iron Man 2 and of course Thor. Will Item 47 give us hints of whats going on between Avengers and Iron Man 3?

  7. I liken these to eBook novellas. You get a smidgeon of the universe, some world building, and a fix until the big one comes. All in all a satisfying snack.

    I just wish they were all about Coulson… *tears*

  8. yeah marvel should def release the shorts on the dvd films.

    • i agree 100 percent. the only way ive been able to watch them is by finding them online.

  9. That was a whole lot of nothing. I did love “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer”, though.

  10. Without the Son Of Coul, I fear this short won’t be nearly as epic as it could’ve been… :(

    Marvel needs to start making shorts that introduces more comic book characters into the MCU, like Luke Cage and Iron Fist or Carol Danvers…
    it could serve as a screen-test/marketing-test to see if those characters/actors could make big screen appearances as well.

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