Agent Carter, a new Marvel one-shot short film starring Hayley Atwell, is set to debut at Comic-Con this Friday and according to a report at Entertainment Weekly this new one-shot is a leap forward in both scale and style.
If you're not familiar with them, the Marvel one-shots are shorts that can be found as extras on the Blu-rays of Marvel's feature films. There have been four up to this point; The Consultant, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer and Item 47.
They're pretty neat little shorts, with Item 47 being the best of the bunch so far, and it's also pretty cool to have some brief stories set in the the Marvel Universe that don't feature major superheroes.
Entertainment Weekly spoke to Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito about the absence of superheroes and super-villains from the one-shots and he had quite a lot to say about those characters that almost made it into the one-shots and it doesn't sound like he's entirely written them off quite yet.
First, regarding Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel,
Let's just say I knew I was going to direct Captain Marvel [as a feature], right? And we knew who was going to play her… That would make it easy to introduce her first in a One-Shot. But that's a plan that requires a lot of coordination. And I don't know if really we … if I've been thinking that far ahead. It's difficult enough to find something that's enjoyable, that we can tell with the budget limitations and in the time we have. Introducing a lot of complicated variables might weaken that.
D'Esposito also mentions that he wanted to make a Loki one-shot but unfortunately the potential cost got in the way. And they almost made one-shots with a young Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Black Panther too.
We also thought about potentially … let's say a young Nick Fury with Dum Dum Dugan… Or a Black Panther short, maybe, in that [One-Shot format.]
When asked why these one-shots didn't happen D'Esposito comments that they had issues in developing them. Presumably issues that could at some point be overcome.
It's very complicated to do: who plays those characters? And designing the costume, getting it going … We tried… We were there in development, and we tried, but they were very difficult for all the reasons I gave. And we don't want to do something that's half baked because it's not good for us and it's not good for our fans.
Maybe they'll try again and nail it this time.
It doesn't seem out of the question. And I expect Marvel will put more money into these one-shots, especially considering the success of all the Marvel films to date and with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D expanding the world even further.
Agent of Carter will be included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, set for release on the 9th of September.