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One Shot: The Consultant
cobyscomics4 February 2014
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In the first of what is now a super-fun tradition, Marvel released a short film called a "One Shot" with the DVD of Thor. After seeing way too much Agent Coulson in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV, it was nice to go back and watch this One Shot, where he is still the fast-talking, mysterious secret agent type with all the answers. I'm glad I watched this so soon after the Incredible Hulk, otherwise everything Coulson and Sitwell talked about would've gone way over my head. It nicely tied up any loose ends from the Incredible Hulk, mentioning that Blonsky/Abomination is still locked away and S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to keep him that way, so they send Tony Stark to spoil his release by talking with "Thunderbolt" Ross. This also explains just what the heck Tony was doing in the post-credits scene of the Incredible Hulk.
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Marvel One-Shot The Consultant: What the hell was that?
Platypuschow2 August 2018
So Agent Coulson and Agent Of Shields Agent Sitwell are in a diner discussing General Ross, we have a 2 minute chat followed by some stock footage featuring Ross & Stark and the credits role.

This is a Marvel One-Shot? It serves no purpose, where is the entertainment value in this? These shorts are supposed to be tiny stories, there is no story here whatsoever.

The casts performances save it to an extent but what the hell was that meant to be?

And furthermore how did this cost half a million dollars to make? It's less than 3 minutes long and is two people chatting + already paid for stock footage. Beyond belief, I can only assume their catering was the stuff of legends.

One for Marvel obsessives and nobody else.

The Good:

Strong performances as always

The Bad:

What was that even meant to be?

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

They wanted arrogant and abrasive yet they didn't call me? Weird.
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skylarstierwalt3 August 2018
I was a bit bored watching this, not going to lie. Its just a conversation that doesn't really tell you anything.
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Table talk
Horst_In_Translation20 July 2015
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"The Consultant" is another one of these Marvel One Shot films and I have to say it's possibly the weakest of them. It's also one of the shortest. The entire thing runs for 4 minutes only and part of it is even archived footage including Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and William Hurt. Anyway, the two guys who are actually acting in here are people who reprise their role from some of Marvel's full feature movies. They play minor characters in there. And we find out there's more than clearance level 6 and there's a solid Hulk reference too. Still, all in all, this short film added almost nothing in my opinion to the Marvel Universe and there was no point really in it being made as I felt it did not elaborate on the story in a way we needed. All in all, not recommended.
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Great Fan Bait
nancyldraper15 March 2019
These One Shots are really fan bait. Often understated, single concept and great character pieces, these are delightful. I give this short film a 7 (delightful) out of 10. {Marvel Segue}
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The consultant outdid himself
jhudson-1170427 July 2017
While this one shot was sort of a quick connection between movies, it doesn't really do much or add to the overall story in any way. It was more to just give a quick reasoning as to why Stark went to Ross in the first place.

I did like the conversation between Coulson and Sitwell. I have always liked Coulson as the straight shooting agent but this flick shows that he has a personality and some humor with him. Sitwell is OK though, as we haven't seen much of him anyway. I did find it interesting that the government wanted to send Blonsky over Banner though. Blonsky is a soldier and Banner was a fugitive so it does sort of make sense that they pick the Abomination over the Hulk, but as Shield knows the real story,it kind of adds as to how exactly the Hulk was actually recruited for the Avengers.

+ Coulson and Sitwell + Quick explanation for Hulk, Avengers and Stark - Didn't add anything for overall story - Not as good as other one shots - Could have possibly done more

Final Score 6.8/10
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