Marvel Studios is too busy ramping up its movie production to make new One-Shots, according to Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito.
Back in 2011, Marvel Studios began to include some bonus content with their Blu-ray releases in the forms of One-Shots. The Thor Blu-ray included The Consultant, the first Marvel one-shot. It served as a bit of a continuity fix, explaining Tony Stark's post-credits appearance in The Incredible Hulk. However, it also started a tradition; between 2011 and 2015, Marvel released five One-Shots in total. There hasn't been one released since then, and not without reason either.
Speaking to EW, D'Esposito explained that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans and Disney alike have been asking for more One-Shots, but they haven't happened for a simple reason - Marvel Studios is too busy:
"We’re just so busy. Disney wants us to do it, we want to do it, and I keep telling them, ‘I’ll do it on the next film,’ but I keep breaking my promise."
D'Esposito's comments explain where the more recent rumors about Marvel bringing back One-Shots have come from. Last year, the loose-lipped Tom Holland happily revealed that he's heard talk about Marvel producing One-Shots again. Not long later, Thor: Ragnarok writer Eric Pearson revealed that he had also heard "whispers" of the One-Shot program coming back into play.
At the same time, D'Esposito's comment makes sense. Marvel Studios is beginning to release 3 MCU movies per year, which is no doubt keeping its staff quite busy. Meanwhile, this year's Avengers: Infinity War and next year's Avengers 4 have been logistical nightmares. Those two movies feature a massive cast, and it's been hard for Marvel to co-ordinate the schedules of so many top-tier actors.
There are other factors that suggest One-Shots aren't high on Marvel's list of priorities right now. Pearson speculated that the program had been hurt by the drop in Blu-ray sales. Two of the One-Shots even served as back-door "proofs of concept" for the Marvel TV shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. In 2015, an organizational restructure separated Marvel Studios from the rest of Marvel Entertainment, meaning the movie and TV divisions no longer work as closely together. It's perhaps not a coincidence that the One-Shots stopped shortly after.
For better or worse, the reality is that more Marvel One-Shots don't look likely. Disney has put forward a serious bid to purchase the bulk of 21st Century Fox's movie empire; should it be successful, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will become part of the MCU. In that scenario, Marvel Studios will be even busier than they are right now.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019