After The Avengers hit theaters and became the third highest grossing film of all-time, we spoke with executive producer Louis D'Esposito about how Marvel Studios planned to continue that success on its home video release. The answer was simple and from their own research it came down to providing consumers with new and original content - short films we know as Marvel One-Shots. D'Esposito even directed the most recent two.
The One-Shots began in 2011 with the home video releases of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, both of which featured shorts starring Clark Gregg's fan-fave Agent Coulson character. There have been rumors for years now that since Marvel is now under the Disney umbrella, Marvel Studios could perhaps one day embrace the Pixar short format where before theatrical releases they could use the Marvel One-Shots to introduce other characters and storylines and see if they test well across wide audiences. That's not currently in the cards, but more Marvel One-Shots are on the way, the next of which comes with the home video release of Thor: The Dark World.
Marvel Studios' other 2013 release, Iron Man 3, is already available on home video and its Blu-ray release included a One-Shot titled Agent Carter which brought back Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter character - and some familiar supporting characters- from The First Avenger. It was well-received and is on its way to potentially spawning a live-action TV series on ABC.
For Thor: The Dark World, which just recently finished its main run in theaters, the first details on its Blu-ray release have surfaced online thanks to the British Board of Film Classification. As expected, the home video version (on Blu) will include another Marvel One-Shot alongside the usual set of bonuses, from deleted scenes, a preview of the studio's next big release (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), along with several featurettes. Complete list below:
- ALL HAIL THE KING - A MARVEL ONE-SHOT
- A BROTHERS JOURNEY - THOR & LOKI (PART 1)
- A BROTHERS JOURNEY - THOR & LOKI (PART 2)
- EXCLUSIVE LOOK - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
- SCORING THOR: THE DARK WORLD WITH BRYAN TYLER
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: EXTENDED CELEBRATION SCENE
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: JANE LEARNS ABOUT THE AETHER
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: LOKI: THE FIRST AVENGER
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: THOR AND FRIGGA DISCUSS LOKI
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: DARK ELVES PREPARE FOR BATTLE
- DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES: EXTENDED VANAHEIM SCENE
- EXTENDED CELEBRATION SCENE COMMENTARY BY ALAN TAYLOR & KRAMER MOREGENTHAU
- JANE LEARNS ABOUT THE AETHER COMMENTARY BY ALAN TAYLOR & KRAMER MOREGENTHAU
- LOKI: THE FIRST AVENGER COMMENTARY BY TOM HIDDLESTON
- THOR AND FRIGGA DISCUSS LOKI COMMENTARY BY KEVIN FEIGE
- DARK ELVES PREPARE FOR BATTLE COMMENTARY BY KEVIN FEIGE
- GAG REEL
- THOR THE DARK WORLD (FEATURE WITH AUDIO COMMENTARY)
It's a safe bet that Marvel will be playing up the Loki factor as much as they can when Thor: The Dark World hits home video. Tom Hiddleston was the focus of their international press tour and for us at Screen Rant, Loki stole the show in the film, overshadowing Christopher Eccleston's Malekith character - the marketed primary antagonist.
As for the Marvel One-Shot titled All Hail The King. the title at first glance could reference Loki's new position on the throne of Asgard. By the end of Thor: The Dark World, there are a few questions left unanswered - namely, where is Odin, how did Loki takover, and what does Loki plan to do as the leader of Asgard with his adopted father's disguise?
We know that Ben Kingsley returned to work with some of the Iron Man 3 crew on an upcoming Marvel One-Shot as well, one that was rumored to potentially reveal/introduce the "real" Mandarin character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the character was used as a deception and twist in Iron Man 3 - one that some fans of Iron Man comics didn't appreciate. So if the short film isn't about Loki, Odin and Asgard, it's possible we get to see Kingsley's Trevor Slattery character return. Then again, screenwriter Drew Pearce went on record denying that possibility:
"One thing I know for sure: nobody's going to be apologizing for the Mandarin twist any time soon."
What would you like to see from All Hail The King?
More: Loki vs. The Mandarin
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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