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Kevin Feige on the absence of the Marvel One-Shots

07.01.2015

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand its brand with bigger and better installments in theaters and on TV, one slice of the MCU seems to have fallen by the wayside; the Marvel One-Shots. The One-Shots were (are) a series of short films that Marvel included on several of its Blu-ray releases which helped to fill in details, expand characters, and in some cases, bring about entirely new revelations for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The last Marvel One-Shot, All Hail the King, was included on THOR: THE DARK WORLD's Blu-ray release which was back in February of 2014. Since then, we've heard little and seen nothing of the Marvel One-Shots which has left many us of wondering what had happened to them.

Collider caught up with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige during press-day for ANT-MAN and mentioned that they were disappointed that they hadn't seen any Marvel One-Shots for a while.

I’m disappointed too! Frankly, and I think it would be great to see more one-shots. We’ll see… You look at me as if I’m the only person who controls that decision; I wish that were the case. But I think when the opportunity arises we would do it, we would jump on it. There is a backlog of ideas for one-shots that we haven’t done yet.

As the head of the studio you'd think Kevin Feige wouldn't need to ask permission to get the Marvel One-Shots going again but it's never always as simple as that. One possible reason being kicked around is the so-called demise of physical media; funding and shooting a short for DVD/Blu-ray may not be worth the time and expense it once was when that money and effort could be used on their increasingly large slate of feature projects instead. Marvel is one busy company as we know.

It certainly sounds as though Feige wants to find a way to bring the One-Shots back and I wholeheartedly believe that he should as soon as he can; as well as providing some fun Marvel entertainment in bite-sized form, I feel as though these shorts can be used as a proving ground for young writers and directors to cut their teeth on before possibly moving up the chain to Marvel features. It could be Marvel's own little film school, get on it Feige.

What kind of stories/characters would you like to see featured in future Marvel One-Shots?

Extra Tidbit: I don't know about the rest of you but "physical media" is something I'll be hanging on to as long as I can. I enjoy organizing and displaying my film collection too much to reduce it to files in a box. While I doubt that physical media will drop off as quickly and completely as some people seem to think it will, I know there will come a time when I won't be able to walk into my usual store and buy an Ultra HD Blu-ray copy of Avengers: Wrath of Squirrel Girl.
Source: Collider

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2:24PM on 07/02/2015
Marvel has a deal with Netflix, so why not make a new deal with Netflix that rebrands the One Shots into hero origin stories? Call it 'Marvel's One Shot Origins'. This way, they can do a hero's or villain's origin story in 15-20 min. without having to take up valuable movie time setting the same story up. Release it before a month before the movie so that everyone gets a chance to see it, and have the ending of the One Shot lead directly into the feature film. This way they can add the cost
Marvel has a deal with Netflix, so why not make a new deal with Netflix that rebrands the One Shots into hero origin stories? Call it 'Marvel's One Shot Origins'. This way, they can do a hero's or villain's origin story in 15-20 min. without having to take up valuable movie time setting the same story up. Release it before a month before the movie so that everyone gets a chance to see it, and have the ending of the One Shot lead directly into the feature film. This way they can add the cost onto the film initially, have the same director, cast, etc. without having to create a whole new production company. You can even do these origin stories for some of the side characters in the movie that may not have gotten such an extended role, but which they realize (through filming) will become fan favorites.
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1:43PM on 07/02/2015
"You'lllll never see me coming!"
"You'lllll never see me coming!"
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10:47AM on 07/02/2015

The answer is simple.

The One Shots are supposed to show things that happen between the movies. The franchise been has expanded so much (with the TV shows and the fact that sometimes there's more than 1 post-credit scene) that there aren't many hidden things left to tell.
The One Shots are supposed to show things that happen between the movies. The franchise been has expanded so much (with the TV shows and the fact that sometimes there's more than 1 post-credit scene) that there aren't many hidden things left to tell.
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9:57AM on 07/02/2015

I miss them too

It was always one of the most interesting bonus from the Marvel DVD/BR.
Because, quite frankly, aside from the occasional deleted scenes that just makes you even more furious they still don't want to give us extended cuts, most of the bonus materials from Marvel are WEAK !
It was always one of the most interesting bonus from the Marvel DVD/BR.
Because, quite frankly, aside from the occasional deleted scenes that just makes you even more furious they still don't want to give us extended cuts, most of the bonus materials from Marvel are WEAK !
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9:46AM on 07/02/2015

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I don't know... I was like that too, tons of VHS tapes and then DVDs starting around 1999/00, but then I stopped. I still pick up the occasional DVD, how can you resist the $5 deals at target, but I took a stance and skipped bluray. I'm hoping Netflix really overhauls in the next few years and boosts the catalogue and streaming quality. I'm still a TV guy though, and only watch movies on laptops if I'm on a plane
I don't know... I was like that too, tons of VHS tapes and then DVDs starting around 1999/00, but then I stopped. I still pick up the occasional DVD, how can you resist the $5 deals at target, but I took a stance and skipped bluray. I'm hoping Netflix really overhauls in the next few years and boosts the catalogue and streaming quality. I'm still a TV guy though, and only watch movies on laptops if I'm on a plane
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8:25AM on 07/02/2015
It's like they invented it purely to cool down the backlash from Iron Man 3
It's like they invented it purely to cool down the backlash from Iron Man 3
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6:45AM on 07/02/2015
If its a question of expense and/or time then I'd much rather them use their money and time on the likes of Daredevil, the other Netflix shows and Shield than one-shot's. Heck, why not just incorporate their back log of small one-shot ideas in their growing tv shows? I'd still like a better reference to Emil Blonsky than the one we got in season 1 of Shield. What about Ross or Betty? Granted, Ross will be back for Civil War but as the Incredible Hulk was my most favourite MCU movie at one
If its a question of expense and/or time then I'd much rather them use their money and time on the likes of Daredevil, the other Netflix shows and Shield than one-shot's. Heck, why not just incorporate their back log of small one-shot ideas in their growing tv shows? I'd still like a better reference to Emil Blonsky than the one we got in season 1 of Shield. What about Ross or Betty? Granted, Ross will be back for Civil War but as the Incredible Hulk was my most favourite MCU movie at one point it bothers me how Betty has been so completely absent from the MCU (and yes, I personally enjoyed Liv Taylor's portrayal of Betty).
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12:02AM on 07/02/2015
So just release them online, problem solved. I'll always buy physical media like blu-ray movies though
So just release them online, problem solved. I'll always buy physical media like blu-ray movies though
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11:27PM on 07/01/2015
The only One-Shot I want to see right now is the one involving the Human Torch android first seen as a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger.
The only One-Shot I want to see right now is the one involving the Human Torch android first seen as a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger.
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10:10PM on 07/01/2015
I'd like to see a one shot focusing on Justin Hammer. I would like to know where and what his character has been up to since Iron Man 2.
I'd like to see a one shot focusing on Justin Hammer. I would like to know where and what his character has been up to since Iron Man 2.
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8:09AM on 07/02/2015
Watch Hail to The King
Watch Hail to The King
10:03PM on 07/01/2015
They should do like Pixar (do they still do that?) and include a short before the screening of their movies
They should do like Pixar (do they still do that?) and include a short before the screening of their movies
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