Check out the first image from Item 47, a 12-minute short film that'll be on the Avengers DVDs... and premiering next week at San Diego Comic Con. Just as the Thor and Captain America DVDs featured ultra-short episodes, starring Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Coulson, this will be a short stand-alone adventure. And we'll get to meet a brand new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
According to Entertainment Weekly, which premiered the first photo (above), the title Item 47 refers to one of the alien guns left over after the invasion in The Avengers. A down-on-their-luck couple, Claire (Lizzy Caplan) and Benny (Jesse Bradford), get their hands on it and "proceed to make some incredibly bad decisions." Meanwhile, two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents try to track the gun down: one played by Maximiliano Hernández, who appeared in The Avengers, and a new one played by Titus Welliver, aka the Smoke Monster from Lost.
Explains Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito, who directed the short:
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.
And D'Esposito repeats what other Marvel people have said in the past — at some point, these DVD-only short films could be used to introduce some lesser-known Marvel heroes, in the hopes that they could build some popularity and eventually star in their own movies. The article mentions Black Panther, Iron Fist and the Wasp. And meanwhile, the article adds more confirmation that Edgar Wright recently shot some test footage for an Ant-Man movie — and that footage could possibly be shown at Comic Con next week. Time to get a bit excited? [EW]