Marvel Studios short film The Consultant arrives online, offers Avengers prequel

A while back, Marvel revealed that the Thor Blu-Ray would feature the first in a series of short films created by the studio to bridge the gap between the films leading up to The Avengers and make the Marvel movie-verse timeline a little clearer for casual fans.

Well, now that Thor has arrived a little early in some countries, so has Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant.

The four-minute film posted by Twitter user antovolk bridges the gap between Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk, and shows a meeting between S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and a fellow agent, Jasper Sitwell (played by Maximiliano Hernandez). The pair discuss plans for the “Avengers Initiative” and Coulson reveals some distressing news: The government wants Incredible Hulk villain Emil “The Abomination” Blonsky for the team.

Neither the agents nor S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho Nick Fury want Blonsky on the team, so the pair discuss how to best derail plans to include the murderous behemoth on the squad. After a funny exchange in which Sitwell offers his considerable talents at playing patsy in the affair, they agree that the best plan is to bring in someone with the potential to completely ruin their relationship with Blonsky’s current caretaker, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.

Their choice? “The consultant” — better known as Iron Man himself, Tony Stark.

The film then offers an extended look at the post-credits scene from The Incredible Hulk in which Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tracks down General Ross (William Hurt) in a bar and the two get off to a bad start in their conversation. The film then cuts back to Coulson and Stilwell, who reveal that their plan went even better than they’d imagined.

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