Preview Clip from Marvel Short The Consultant Starring Clark Gregg
08.03.11 by BJSprecher
The rumors that Marvel Studios was planning on releasing short movies that take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were proven to be true at the recent San Diego Comic-Con. A preview of Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant was shown during Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel. Now, Marvel has released a preview of the full short, which will be included as one of the special features on the home video releases of Thor.
According to co-producer Brad Winderbaum, The Consultant, which stars Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, bridges the gap between Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk and takes place before Thor and The Avengers. Based upon the short's place in the chronology, it appears as if the eponymous subject of the short is actually a Marvel Cinematic Universe character who already goes by another alias, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), though it has not been revealed whether Stark will appear in the short.
Gregg told Marvel that he thinks of Agent Coulson as "a guy with a full life," who finally gets to be "a little bit more of a badass" in these shorts.
I think every day he’s somewhere doing something for S.H.I.E.L.D., and yet I don’t always know what that is. The fun thing for me is, every time I get a new script to see whether it’s Don Paynewho wrote it or Joss Whedon, and whether it’s being directed by [Jon] Favreau or Ken Branagh, I’m always happy about it because I get to find out a little bit more about what his life is like and who he is. There’s always a different twist. In this one he gets to show more of his wisecracking wit, and in this one he’s a little bit more of a badass.
Marvel will also be releasing a second short featuring Gregg's Agent Coulson. Titled, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer…, the short takes place between the time Coulson leaves Stark's lab in Iron Man 2 and his arrival at the New Mexico crater created when Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) hammer fell to Earth. No release date for this short was announced, but it's likely that it will appear on the home video releases of Captain America: The First Avenger