Marvel’s ‘Road to the Avengers’ and One-Shot Videos

I think it’s safe to say that The Avengers  is one of the most anticipated movies ever, with years of work and a build-up that puts others to shame. It’s not just the movie, or the actors, it’s the method behind it. The way Marvel has decided to bring this movie to the masses, through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Connected franchises under the Marvel Studios banner, each building off the one before it with a shared goal. High profile actors working together and separately to bring one unified vision to the screen for at least 9 movies. Yea, 9 movies. That’s how many Samuel L. Jackson signed on for. Makes you wonder how many more are planned that don’t include him.

“I’m Nick Fury, mutha. They ALL include me.”

It’s something that’s never been done before, and probably won’t be the easiest thing to happen again. Copyright issues and studio rights factor heavily into pretty much every other story in the comic world, so The Avengers could be part of a rare breed of movies that we won’t get to see a lot of.

A new featurette included with the video release of Thor takes a look at some of the buildup, from all the various movies to the momentous Comic-Con gathering of all the Avengers leads on stage a couple years ago. It covers a great look at parts from the films and gives us a pretty inspiring tease to The Avengers. I have it for you here, and if you weren’t stoked about The Avengers yet, this should take care of that.

Awesome. I got goosebumps seeing that all put together like that, especially when they are announcing the cast at Comic-Con and you can hear the crowd. Not really mentioned and only shown briefly is probably the second biggest component of this shared universe next to Nick Fury/ Sam Jackson, and that’s Clark Gregg. Gregg plays Agent Coulson, A S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent who has been in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor. He will go in to star in The Avengers, any of the sequels that require him and the rumored Nick Fury movie. Gregg could be called the true connective tissue of the MCU.

“I’m like Marvel’s Spinal Cord…”

So it only makes sense that Marvel has developed a way to move further with this character and plant him even deeper into the Marvel world. We first heard that they would be producing a few short films called Marvel One-Shots (a nod to certain comics from Marvel) starring Agent Coulson. The first, which also came on the Blu-Ray of Thor is called Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, and it adds a bit of depth to the post-credit scene from The Incredible Hulk. You can check out the full video here, but I couldn’t find a suitable embed yet. So here’s the trailer which leaves you wondering who the Consultant is.

It also adds another S.H.I.E.L.D. mainstay to the MCU in the form of Agent Jasper Sitwell, played by Maximiliano Hernández who had a blink and you’ll miss it role in Thor. I think its very cool that its revealed they were actually looking for Emil Blonsky/ The Abomination for the team as opposed to the Hulk. Nothing huge or story-altering, just a nice touch. And obviously if you went and watched the video you know that the Consultant is none other than Tony Stark, from The Incredible Hulk’s post-credit scene.

Recently released is the trailer for the second video which we’ll see on the release of Captain America: The First Avenger. This one’s called Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer. Here’s the trailer for you.

Agent Coulson is a bad ass, seriously. I can’t wait to see the rest of that clip. He’s really been set up as the one really relatable character in the Marvel Universe, while also being on the frontline of all these movies. The One-Shot’s also help to piece together the timeline of the various films in small ways, and I dig that.

Cast & Crew of “The Avengers” at CCI 2010

Expect more from Clark Gregg, who will also be voicing a character on the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The character’s name? Principal Coulson.

What do you think of the Avenger’s videos shown here? Tired of all the hype? I hope not, because expect a huge amount of shooting news in the next Hero Express. For now feel free to re-watch Road to the Avengers and try to do it without squeeing. I dare you.

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