There’s more to the Marvel Cinematic Universe than just its feature films. Marvel has done a series of short films, dubbed “One-Shots,” featuring Agent Coulson, Iron Man and the aftermath of Marvel’s The Avengers. And now with a new One-Shot featuring Captain America: The First Avenger’s Peggy Carter coming this week at Comic-Con International: San Diego (and in the DVD release of Iron Man 3), Entertainment Weeklyhas an interview talking with Marvel Co-President Louis D’Esposito talking about other possible One-Shots coming down the pipe as well as previous plans they’ve shelved for the time being.
According to this EW, prior to the development of the Agent Carter One-Shot, Marvel was considering doing either a Black Panther or Loki shot but dismissed thoseat the time due to the high costs for special effects to depict settings like Asgard and Wakanda.
“I’m not gonna lie, when we were developing these [One-Shot] stories I was trying to develop a Loki story,” D’Esposito is quoted by EW. “Being on Asgard is very difficult for us to do in a short. It’s just impossible for us cost wise. The short would be 30 seconds, and it’s over. One shot of Loki on Asgard.”
The Marvel Co-President also revealed that the studio have considered doing a One-Shot centered around a young Nick Fury teaming up with his comic book colleague Dum Dum Dugan, played by Neal McDonough in Captain America.
One of the reasons Agent Carter and the previous Item 47 One-Shots were greenlit, both of which D’Esposito directed, was because they were able to use sets and casting from the feature films to defray potentially exorbitant costs.
“I’ve been asked many times too, would you introduce new characters?” D’Esposito tells Entertainment Weekly. “That even proves to be very difficult, just from a cost perspective. What does the costume look like? Who is the actor playing it? A lot of R&D goes into it. We have a great concept department here, a visual development department, and it takes time.”
D’Esposito does talk hypothetically how a Captain Marvel One-Short film could work, but says that the budget limitations on the short films limit what’s possible in terms of casting, sets and post-production.
“Let’s just say I knew I was going to direct Captain Marvel, right? And we knew who was going to play her,” D’Esposito tells EW. “But that’s a plan that requires a lot of coordination. And I don’t know if really we … if I’ve been thinking that far ahead. It’s difficult enough to find something that’s enjoyable, that we can tell with the budget limitations and in the time we have. Introducing a lot of complicated variables might weaken that.”
According to EW, premiering a character in a Marvel One-Shot could step on the toes of a full-length feature for the character down the road. But despite that, D’Esposito says it might be something they make work down the road.
““We are [considering character debuts in One-Shots],” D’Esposito is quoted as saying. “And I keep saying it: set the bar higher, let’s try it.”