by Brett White
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has slowly built out its world through a series of short films (called “Marvel One-Shots”) found on the Blu-rays and DVDs of its feature-length films. Films like “Item 47” and “The Consultant” have expanded the mythos of Phil Coulson and showed the fallout of New York City’s Chitauri invasion. Now it appears as if supporting characters from those feature films, like “Captain America: The First Avenger’s” Peggy Carter, will be the focus of Phase Two’s “One-Shots.”
This information comes from actress Hayley Atwell, who revealed that there was more Peggy Carter in store outside of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito seemingly confirmed the rumor, meaning that future one-shots could feature characters other than Jasper Sitwell and Phil Coulson. Any MCU character is up for grabs! With that in mind, here are a few Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters that we think deserve a “One-Shot” short film.
Dum Dum Dugan
Played with appropriate, mustachioed manliness by Neal McDonough in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Dum Dum Dugan deserves a solo adventure similar to whatever is in store for Peggy Carter. The character has a lengthy comic book history and has always been just below leading-man status; it’s time for the character, who’s been fighting evil for 50 years now, to step up to the lead. This “One-Shot” would ideally catch up with Dugan post-WWII, perhaps as he hunts rogue HYDRA agents in the 1950s?
Jon Favreau returns to the big screen in “Iron Man 3” as Tony Stark’s bodyguard and chauffer, but a whole “One-Shot” dedicated to a day in the life of Happy Hogan would be delightful. Come on, how wonderful was Jon Favreau’s sweaty, exhausting punch-session against an average henchman in “Iron Man 2”? Whereas most every other character in the MCU are superpowered or super capable, Happy Hogan offers a different style of average, everyman heroism that should be celebrated in a short film.
The Warriors Three
Volstagg, Hogun and Fandral have developed quite a fanbase over the years, reaching cult status thanks to their swashbuckling adventures and immensely enjoyable clashing personalities. The trio got a decent amount of screentime in “Thor,” and look to have just as much in “Thor: The Dark World,” but we want more. These guys go on adventures on the reg. Cut one down to twelve minutes and slap it onto the “Thor: The Dark World” Blu-ray!
When actress Ashley Johnson showed up in “Marvel’s the Avengers,” everyone knew they knew her from somewhere. The “Growing Pains” actress actually had a much more prominent role originally, as shown in numerous deleted scenes. Johnson is a great actress, and what little of her part made it to the big screen was no doubt kept there because she really grounded the insanity of the uber-battle. A “One-Shot” containing all of her deleted “Avengers” footage as a prologue to what she did afterwards would be super interesting. Does she go back to work? Does she move out of New York City? Let’s find out!
The MCU’s JARVIS is pretty different from his comic book counterpart. Instead of being a trust-worthy butler, he is instead a computer program that’s constantly piped into Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor. Paul Bettany does a great job with the character, somehow making a stilted robot voice welcoming. Inspired by the classic Avengers comic book story where the Masters of Evil break into Avengers Mansion and attack human Jarvis, it could be cool to see a band of baddies break into Stark Tower, only to be confronted and thwarted by the most cunning artificial intelligence ever created.
Are there any other supporting MCU characters that you’d like to see in a “One-Shot”? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!