Marvel Studios has been on an unprecedented run of quality since the first Iron Man was released in 2008. Now, the writer of Thor: Ragnarok, Eric Pearson, revealed during an interview with that Marvel may be bringing One-Shot’s back!
“Definitely whispers of it starting up again. And I have a whole folder full of other One-Shots that I just came up with, and I was like, ‘Oh, this will be a fun eight to 12 pages!'”
Pearson wrote four of the five Shots in existence, so he may be on to something. For those not familiar, their One-Shots were a series of direct-to-video short films set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and were mostly included as special features on Blu-ray and Digital Downloads — but not DVDs for some reason— from 2011 to 2014.
The films were meant to be self-contained stories that provided more backstory about characters or events introduced in their films. All Hail the King,for instance, followed Iron Man 3‘s fake Mandarin Trevor Slattery.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding to three film releases a year, the need for One Shots to help fill any gaps in the universes continuity or to further explain or expand on stories is actually increasing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming created a bit of controversy. When Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes and his salvaging company clean up after the events of 2012’s Avengers, it is said to have taken place eight years before the events of Homecoming.
That would mean that Spider-Man battled the Vulture in 2020, which seemed off. It could only have happened in 2018 if the events of The Avengers took place in 2010. Still, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense considering that it was previously stated that the events in Iron Man’s 1 & 2 took place in 2010.
While there are rumors that the Blu-ray box that comes with Homecoming helps to alleviate those “concerns,” a One-Shot would be a lot easier and seen by a lot more people.
With Marvel expanding into television and the drop in Blu-ray sales, One-Shots went the way of Ultron and we haven’t seen one since 2014’s All Hail the King. Some have inspired television shows like Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD.