Marvel One Shots

Marvel OneShots are a series of directtovideo short films produced by Marvel Studios, set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe MCU, released from 2011 to 2014. They are included as special features in the MCU films Bluray and digital distribution releases, but are not included in the DVD releases. Each of the films, which range fromtominutes, are designed to be a selfcontained story that provides more backstory for characters or events introduced in the films. Two of the shorts have been the inspiration for television series set in the MCU.

In August 2011, Marvel announced that a couple of short films, designed to be selfcontained stories, would be released directtovideo. Coproducer Brad Winderbaum said Its a fun way to experiment with new characters and ideas, but more importantly its a way for us to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe and tell stories that live outside the plot of our features. The first two films were made in conjunction with The Ebeling Group and were directed by Leythum and written by Eric Pearson. Winderbaum added that the name of the shorts program was derived from the label used by Marvel Comics for their oneshot comics.Marvel Studios copresident Louis DEsposito later reiterated Winderbaums statement, saying that the goal of Item 47 was to expand the world and show you the more human elements of it. He continued that Marvel was considering the idea of introducing established characters who may not yet be ready to carry their own feature films in future OneShots, stating, Theres always a potential to introduce a character. We have 8,000 of them, and they cant all be at the same level. So maybe there are some that are not so popular, and we introduce them with a short and they take off. I could see that happening. When asked whether a Marvel superhero would ever appear in a OneShot, DEsposito replied that We would love to, but its difficult because theres a cost to that. If Iron Man is flying around doing something, that is very costly. And first of all, whats the story? Is it important that that superhero is in the story? ........

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