Marvel's One-Shot Films Demonstrate Clark Gregg's Awesomeness
I'm really digging this idea. Marvel Entertainment has been adding short films to the DVD releases of their recent tentpoles (building up towards the Avengers extravaganza next summer). They're 3-5 minutes long, focusing on Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson, who is one of the better creations from the Marvel team.
Interestingly, Agent Coulson (or "Son of Coul" as Thor called him) was created entirely for the films -- he's a character that never existed in the comic book universe before. Whoever wrote him (and kudos to Jon Favreau for casting Gregg in Iron Man) quickly realized he was becoming a fan favorite, and as such he's shown up in both Iron Man films, as well as Thor. The short films (called "One Shots") are designed to serve as bridges between the films, as well as being simple lighthearted little vignettes. And now they're available in their entirety online, in case you're not running out to buy the Thor or Captain America blu rays.
The first one, The Consultant, helps explain the events at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
Here's the second one, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor's Hammer, takes place after Iron Man 2 and right before Coulson finds himself in New Mexico dealing with the events of Thor. It also allows us to see that Coulson himself is pretty goddamn badass.
Seriously, I would totally watch a Phil Coulson: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. movie.