The next entry in Marvel's One-Shot film series is Item 47, a 12-minute video which will be included on the upcoming Avengers Blu-ray. Marvel will be holding a special screening of the short for a select few attendees at next week's Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Previous One-Shots (The Consultant and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer) starred Clark Gregg as everyone's favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Phil Coulson. Item 47, by comparison, revolves around the misadventures of two regular people in the aftermath of the alien invasion in Avengers.
Item 47 stars Lizzy Caplan (Party Down, True Blood) and Jesse Bradford (Outlaw) as a couple who're down on their luck when they recover a Chitauri weapon from the wreckage of Manhattan (post-Avengers). As revealed in Entertainment Weekly's exclusive:
'Item 47' refers to the gun itself, which S.H.I.E.L.D. would like very much to retrieve from the hapless young troublemakers. “The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy,” explains Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, who directed the film himself. “So when this gun literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.”
Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández, returning from 'Thor' and 'The Avengers', and 'Lost’s' Man in Black Titus Welliver, making his Marvel debut) are given the job of cleaning up the mess and stopping this modern Bonnie and Clyde (not coincidentally named Benny and Claire.)
Check out the first screenshot of Caplan in (or, rather, holding) Item 47, below:
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It sounds as though Item 47 should be fun; granted, perhaps less enjoyable than previous One-Shots (in particular, A Funny Thing...). All the same, Item 47 will hopefully continue the trend of good short spinoffs from Marvel, while setting a precedent for the upcoming One-Shots being scripted to serve as "companion pieces" to the first feature entries in "Phase 2" of the Marvel Movie Universe.
Not to mention: Marvel is reportedly giving thought to using future One-Shots to introduce lesser-known comic book characters - so as to test the water for a potential feature. Just don't count on any of the more popular characters due to headline their own movie soon (Black Panther, Doctor Strange) to make an explicit appearance in a One-Shot installment - unless that's the purpose of the Ant-Man test footage director Edgar Wright recently completed?
The Avengers hits Blu-ray on September 25th, 2012.