According to the writer of Thor: Ragnarok, Eric Pearson, a return for the Marvel One-Shots series may be on the cards. For those unfamiliar with the program, Marvel One-Shots are a group of short movies connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are used to connect the various movies, provide backstory or otherwise expand the franchise's fictional universe. The films were included as bonus features on the Blu-ray releases of early MCU movies such as Thor and Iron Man 3 but sadly, have been absent since "All Hail The King" which was included on the 2014 release of Thor: The Dark World.
Despite only being brief, home-release-only features, the Marvel One-Shots proved highly popular with fans and have included big-name characters from the MCU canon. "The Consultant" saw Agent Phil Coulson conspire to keep The Incredible Hulk villain Emil Blonsky safely behind bars rather than join The Avengers and "Agent Carter" acted almost as a prequel for the television series of the same name. Pearson himself penned both of those shorts, among others.
After a three year absence, Eric Pearson has suggested that a return for the Marvel One-Shots program may be imminent. Speaking with CinemaBlend, Pearson claims:
"I think probably the drop in Blu-ray sales has hurt the One-Shots program -- though I've heard whispers of it starting up again. I can't confirm that at all, but I've definitely heard whispers of it. And I have a whole folder full of other One-Shots that I just came up with. And I was like, 'Oh, this will be a fun eight to 12 pages!'"
As the writer himself states, these comments are far from confirmation that Marvel's One-Shots program is definitely making a comeback. However, as the writer of the MCU's most recent entry, Thor: Ragnarok, Pearson is surely privy to some insider information and so his claim to have "definitely heard whispers" can perhaps be taken as a strong indication that Marvel Studios are at least seriously considering bringing back the One-Shots program.
This development will likely come as extremely welcome news for the majority of MCU fans. Marvel Studios' output has surged in popularity since 2014 and as such, any further One-Shots will likely have a larger audience than ever before. The franchise also has a far greater number of characters nowadays, both on the big screen and TV, and there are a huge variety of new avenues to explore such as the worlds of Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Defenders, Doctor Strange and Inhumans.
However, the possible return of the Marvel One-Shots program could be designed to solve a much more specific issue: the timeline. The MCU has come under increasing criticism of late for the inconsistencies in their main timeline and the studio has promised to address the confusion. Resurrecting the One-Shots program could be the ideal way of doing just that, covering up any lingering plot holes without having to shoehorn any lengthy explanations into big-budget movies such as Thor: Ragnarok.