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Marvel has shot their first two short films, when will we see them?

Jun. 30, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Marvel Studios, in their attempt to turn the Marvel brand into a worldwide juggernaut, is exploring all options when it comes to capitalizing on their vast universe of superheroes. One of those options that has previously been discussed is developing live-action short films, not unlike what Pixar does, but with Marvel characters. The last we heard (at least publicly) Marvel liked the idea but hadn't moved forward with any specific plans. Or had they?

Film School Rejects is reporting that Marvel has in fact shot their first two short films, which will follow SHIELD Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and serve as a prequel of sorts to next summer's THE AVENGERS. The shorts, according to FSR, will debut on the upcoming DVDs for THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA, both of which will likely hit discs sometime later this year (think Christmas).

It's weird knowing a little more about the situation and not being able to talk about it because of embargoes (damn you non-disclosure agreements!!) but I think it's fair to say that we can expect some fairly substantial announcements from Marvel leading up to both Comic-Con and Disney's D23 conference. I'm not sure if Marvel was planning on announcing the shorts just yet but I'd guess that now that the news has leaked publicly, they'll probably go ahead and make it official.

So what are your hopes for the Marvel short films? I'll be you won't see any major characters so are there any other minor Avengers or Marvel characters you'd like to see make a cameo?

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7:27AM on 07/01/2011
The films could also focus on ITEMS or EQUIPMENT within the marvel universe that tie to certain characters which tie these installments to the films directly without having any of the heroes appear on screen.
The films could also focus on ITEMS or EQUIPMENT within the marvel universe that tie to certain characters which tie these installments to the films directly without having any of the heroes appear on screen.
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12:37AM on 07/01/2011
How about a short on these guys:
Adam Warlock, WonderMan, Hawkeye, Sentry, AntMan, I'll even take a Bourne esque Maria Hill short.
How about a short on these guys:
Adam Warlock, WonderMan, Hawkeye, Sentry, AntMan, I'll even take a Bourne esque Maria Hill short.
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7:21PM on 06/30/2011
Could introduce Agent Maria Hill and maybe go into General Ross's involvement.
Could introduce Agent Maria Hill and maybe go into General Ross's involvement.
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5:36PM on 06/30/2011
DISNEY is Satan. Why do they need to own Marvel? WHY? It all smells like shit. ALL OF IT. Side note: It would be best if it was like one individual scene, preferably action, that lasted like 7 minutes or something, and they would show it in theaters before other movies. Like instead of DVD, theaters. Buy yeah that would be cool if done right. FUCK DISNEY
DISNEY is Satan. Why do they need to own Marvel? WHY? It all smells like shit. ALL OF IT. Side note: It would be best if it was like one individual scene, preferably action, that lasted like 7 minutes or something, and they would show it in theaters before other movies. Like instead of DVD, theaters. Buy yeah that would be cool if done right. FUCK DISNEY
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6:04PM on 06/30/2011
Hmmm, close Mig, but you're wrong. Oprah is Satan.
Hmmm, close Mig, but you're wrong. Oprah is Satan.
5:16PM on 06/30/2011
ANT MAAAAN!!!!
ANT MAAAAN!!!!
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1:22PM on 06/30/2011

You guys don't get it...

These are not going to be origin stories or anything. They will be 15-20 minutes long each and piece together the movies. I like the idea of them following Agent Coulson. These are not going to feature any heroes, only SHIELD. Everyone else is busy filming Avengers, they don't have time to be in other short films.
These are not going to be origin stories or anything. They will be 15-20 minutes long each and piece together the movies. I like the idea of them following Agent Coulson. These are not going to feature any heroes, only SHIELD. Everyone else is busy filming Avengers, they don't have time to be in other short films.
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2:28PM on 06/30/2011
If that's the case, then that's kind of silly.

They're better off just integrating the sequence into the movies.
If that's the case, then that's kind of silly.

They're better off just integrating the sequence into the movies.
5:36PM on 06/30/2011
I am excited about this being released as special features on the dvd/bluray. I mean it will be good to see a bit of backstory leading up to Avengers in December when they get released.

It is like a type of viral marketing to get people pumped for The Avengers.
I am excited about this being released as special features on the dvd/bluray. I mean it will be good to see a bit of backstory leading up to Avengers in December when they get released.

It is like a type of viral marketing to get people pumped for The Avengers.
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12:53PM on 06/30/2011
They should screen them in theaters before the Avengers.
They should screen them in theaters before the Avengers.
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11:53AM on 06/30/2011
This is a good idea as long as they focus on 2nd tier characters rather than the most popular guy. For instance, after 2 Iron Man features, we don't really need a short Iron Man film. But one on say, Moon Knight would be interesting. Characters that are unlikely to get their own full feature should be focused on in the shorts.
This is a good idea as long as they focus on 2nd tier characters rather than the most popular guy. For instance, after 2 Iron Man features, we don't really need a short Iron Man film. But one on say, Moon Knight would be interesting. Characters that are unlikely to get their own full feature should be focused on in the shorts.
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6:06PM on 06/30/2011
Luke Cage FTW!
Luke Cage FTW!
11:50AM on 06/30/2011
I'm game for this. Marvel is actually stomping DC to the ground. Still, Warner/DC's short animated series like Green Arrow and The Specter are exciting.
I'm game for this. Marvel is actually stomping DC to the ground. Still, Warner/DC's short animated series like Green Arrow and The Specter are exciting.
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11:41AM on 06/30/2011
If there Avengers related, im guessing they're origins for Hawkeye and Black Widow because they wont get their own flicks
If there Avengers related, im guessing they're origins for Hawkeye and Black Widow because they wont get their own flicks
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