Six years after they began and three years after they seemingly came to an end, it looks like the Marvel Studios One-Shot short films might be making a comeback.
A total of five short films were produced which tied into the home release of several Marvel films, two of which went on to inspire ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter” series. The last, ‘All Hail the King,’ served as a coda to “Iron Man 3”.
“Thor: Ragnarok” screenplay writer Eric Pearson, who also penned the first three One-Shots, tells Cinema Blend that the possibility of their return is there:
“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!'”
“Spiderman: Homecoming” star Tom Holland briefly mentioned the possibilty earlier this year. Pearson also explained that the original idea for them wasn’t home video extras, but rather shorts before a cinematic release, not unlike Pixar do with their films:
“When they first brought it to me I think their initial idea was to try and set up something like Pixar, where you could do a short film at the beginning with a lesser character, to kind of have fun, expand the universe, and test out the audience’s appetite for one of these more obscure characters. So that would obviously be very expensive, especially when things were so 3D-heavy at the time. So the test process was going to be, ‘Well, we’ll do some shorts for Blu-ray content.’ And that’s kind of how it started.”
The closest we’ve gotten to such shorts in recent years were the two comedy pieces produced during the making of “Thor: Ragnarok” which saw Thor living in Australia with a roommate named Darryl.