Disney + fills its Marvel library by adding some of the one-shots that connected the early movies in the days before we knew the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be a hit. One of the first is “The Consultant,” which states how Tony Stark helped the agency after the events of “Iron Man 2,” while setting the scene for the closing credits of “The Incredible Hulk.” It features a conversation between Agent Coulson and Agent Sitwell describing how they would help Nick Fury put who he wants on the Avengers instead of who a Security Council wants.
These were good early bindings to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s great to go back and see them now with what we’ve seen in the movies since they were released. This one focuses on Emil Blonksy, who served as the Abomination, the villain in “The Incredible Hulk”. It’s really exciting to see how SHIELD stepped in to make sure he was not placed in the Avengers, which the Security Council pressed. It honestly felt like this was the last we saw of The Abomination until he appeared in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. But now it’s so cool to see a 3-minute brief description of how he could have been an Avenger and how the agents stepped in to give us the first team.
This one-shot is also a good reference to the end of “Iron Man 2”, as Nick Fury and Black Widow recommended Tony Stark not to be allowed on the team but to act as a consultant. Clearly, he serves the consulting role well as he convinced General Ross to do exactly what the agents wanted with the Abomination, making it easy for Nick Fury not to add him to the team without having to defy a Security Council request. Clearly, Tony Stark would eventually become a full member of the team, part of its dissolution and much of its reunion to return all those who disappeared in The Blip.
It’s also really cool to look back on Coulson and Sitwell and see how they changed over the years. Coulson would appear in “Thor” before being killed in “Avengers”. He would be revived for the show “Agents of SHIELD”, which would turn into a good run before returning to the movies of the 1990s set “Captain Marvel”. Meanwhile, Sitwell would act as a loyal SHIELD agent until the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” where we find out that Hydra has infiltrated SHIELD and he is a hydra agent. At this point, we do not know that any of this will happen, but I spent the entire short time wondering if Sitwell would secretly undermine Coulson since he knew he was Hydra.
I love these one-shots and I’m very excited that more have been added to Disney +. They do a great job of filling in some of the gaps in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I also love that Disney + is building a Marvel One-Shot collection so Marvel fans can find them all in the same section of the service. I’m excited to see them all again in the future.
Rank: 3.5 stars out of 5
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