Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, or simply, The Consultant, is a 2011 direct-to-video short film, and the first in the Marvel One-Shots series. It was produced by Marvel Studios to be exclusive on the Blu-ray release of Thor, distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution on September 13, 2011. It was directed by Leythum, from a screenplay by Eric Pearson.
Agents Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell discuss who to send as a patsy to sabotage the release of Emil Blonsky into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody for the Avengers Initiative. Their only option is to send in the consultant.
|Clark Gregg||Phil Coulson|
|Maximiliano Hernández||Jasper Sitwell|
|Robert Downey Jr. (archival footage)||Tony Stark|
|William Hurt (archival footage)||Thunderbolt Ross|
|Deborah Knox||Night waitress|
|Tim Roth (archival footage)||Abomination|
- The short was designed to elaborate on the post-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk, which featured Stark meeting Ross. There was also a shot of the Abomination trashing Harlem. In the short, Robert Downey Jr. William Hurt, and Tim Roth are uncredited for their archived scenes.
- This and the second short (also released in 2011) were intended to showcase more of Phil Coulson, especially the former. The budget of the former took up 80% of the budget reserved for the two, leaving only room "for two guys talking".