Marvel Studios had no choice but to give up making their One-Shots after the company went from releasing one film a year to two a year. Technically an extension of their main narratives, the One-Shots are direct-to-video film shorts that give fans a glimpse of events that happened in conjunction with the films in the MCU. Although they usually don't have a huge impact in the bigger storylines in the franchise, two of the five clips led to Marvel TV spin-offs Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. The last One-Shot was released all the way back in 2014. Titled "Hail the King," the clip insinuated that the real Mandarin might still be out there despite the controversial villain twist in Iron Man 3.
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'esposito previously provided an explanation why One-Shots were discontinued, simply saying that they're just too busy to still make them. Now, Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce doubles down on the executive's past comments while also providing more insight into the situation.
While on The Empire Podcast, Pearce elaborated on the reason Marvel Studios seemingly just dropped their popular shorts. And like what was previously said about the matter, it was more about the time constraints, especially after the company upped their film production to two titles per year.
"They literally just take up too much time. Because [Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige] cares so much about everything that goes out the door that he throws as much commitment and time into making one of the shorts as he does one of the films. At some point - even timewise - economically, that is a feasible thing for him to do, particularly now, that they have three films a year rather than two."
Recently, rumblings about the possibility of the One-Shots returning have been making the rounds online thanks to Tom Holland insinuating the idea. This was backed-up by Thor: Ragnarok screenwriter Eric Pearson who said that he'd "heard whispers of it starting up again," so it's possible that Marvel Studios is looking for a way to bring them back, especially after learning just how many fans are clamoring for them. Given that the MCU has grown exponentially over the last few years with an established cosmic side to the universe in Guardians of the Galaxy, it would be interesting to see these shorts tackle stories set outside of Earth.
Whether or not Marvel is really planning on reviving their One-Shots, other than them being time-consuming, there's arguably more to gain in investing effort and funds into them. As proven by the TV offshoots inspired by these shorts, they are good for mining possible full project pitches. In fact "Item 47's" narrative is similar to Adrian Toomes, aka. Vulture's modus in Spider-Man: Homecoming, who is one of the better-received villains of the MCU.
Source: The Empire Film Podcast
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