Marvel’s Item 47

The upcoming Blu Ray release of The Avengers will include a 12 minute short film entitled Item 47.

This ‘One-Shot’ is far more complex and than the four minute, single-scene vignettes starring Agent Coulson that were include with Thor and Captain America.

Item 47 stars Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, True Blood) as Claire, who, along with her boyfriend Benny (Jesse Bradford), finds an alien gun left over from the recent alien invasion.  The film’s director, who also serves as Marvel Studios’ co-president, Louis D’Esposito, explained: “The world is topsy-turvy now. There’s been an alien invasion, and things are crazy.  So when this gun ­literally fell into their lap, this is a sign: We’re going to rob a few banks, we’re going to buy a boat, we’re going to the Caribbean, and all our problems will be solved.”

Once the couple start causing trouble, two S.H.I.E.D. agents are dispatched to stop them.

Marvel has talked for some time of attaching short films to their big movies as a vehicle for introducing minor characters, though this particular one is intended to show how average humans are reacting to the big goings-on in the Marvel universe.  The writer of Item 47 (and the previous two One-Shots), Eric Pearson said, “Anything that expands the world and shows you the more human elements of it, that just makes the world more colorful and fun for the average viewer.”  Of course, it wouldn’t be uncharacteristic for Marvel to surprise us with a cameo.



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